Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has agreed with Afif Charity to support the QRCS School Programme, which is implemented in public and private schools, under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
It is a capacity-building programme for students, teachers and administrative staff in first aid and health education, QRCS has said in a statement.
The agreement involves the sponsorship of health training and education in 50 schools. Training courses will be held for students of different grades on the main first-aid skills for common injuries, whether for self or for others. Also, awareness sessions will discuss health topics of interest for society members in everyday life.
The topics include first aid for bleeding, nosebleed, head injury, fracture, burn, epilepsy and heat stroke. Other examples are protection against injuries and diseases, food and hygiene, communicable diseases, home safety, oral health and smoking risks.
“We are happy for this co-operation with Afif Charity, within the bilateral mandate of empowering vulnerable groups, such as women and children,” said Muna Fadel al-Sulaiti, executive director of Volunteering and Local Development Division at QRCS. “It goes in line with the overall government strategy of capacity-building and development of young generations, towards the human development goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.
“This support from Afif Charity is testimony to the impressive success of the programme. Within three years only, it could reach out to more than 11,000 beneficiaries in 159 schools. In reflection of trust in its content and objectives, the programme became part of the academic achievement requirements approved by the Ministry of Education."
Al-Sulaiti urged school managements to pay attention to this ambitious development programme as it contributes to the educational process by creating student leaderships that are capable of protecting the school community and beyond against risks and preserving the environment. It is a comprehensive
programme that covers health education and training, earthquake risk reduction, and social peace and integration, the statement notes.
Zulaikha Hassan al-Asmakh, consultant to the board of directors at Afif Charity, praised the agreement as an important step towards better preventive efforts and as a joint work to protect vulnerable groups against future risks.
Al-Asmakh said, “Afif Charity is fully aware of the importance of this kind of awareness programmes to achieve positive results. They fall under the comprehensive concept of awareness against disasters, through the protection and education of students, so that they become active contributors to the development of this country."
She emphasised co-operation as being key to promoting awareness and enhancing individual and community resilience.