‘Ev­ery school should have First Aid trained teach­ers’

The Manica Post - - Local News - Anesu Kureb­waseka Post Re­porter

AT LEAST two teach­ers at ev­ery school across Man­i­ca­land should be trained in first aid to save lives.

In a speech read on his be­half by Mutare Dis­trict In­spec­tor, Mr Zachariah Chik­wang­wani at a cer­tifi­cate hand-over of more than 300 teach­ers who trained in First Aid re­cently, Man­i­ca­land Pro­vin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Di­rec­tor, Mr Ed­ward Shumba, said they wanted to see ev­ery school hav­ing teach­ers trained in Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion.

He went on to say that ev­ery school should have First Aid kits.

“This tra in­ing con­trib­utes im­mensely to a holis­tic ap­proach in ad­dress­ing health prob­lems in our so­ci­ety at the same time ca­pac­i­tat­ing teach­ers and our schools with rel­e­vant skills on how to deal with emer­gen­cies as they arise.

“On be­half of the Pro­vin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Di­rec­torate, I would like to com­mend the Zim­babwe Red Cross So­ci­ety for cham­pi­oning th­ese train­ings, par­tic­u­larly tar­get­ing our teach­ers and lo­cal schools. A lot hap­pens in any en­vi­ron­ment with many dan­gers loom­ing and First Aid skills are vi­tal. It is my hope that the Red Cross will con­tinue spear­head­ing such train­ing cou­pled with Ju­nior First Aid for stu­dents,” he said.

Mr Shumba called on other dis­trict ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties to take a leaf from Mu­tasa and Mutare dis­tricts and make sure that their teach­ers are also trained.

Speak­ing at the same oc­ca­sion, act­ing Man­i­ca­land Pro­vin­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor, Mr Edgars Seenza, im­plored on the grad­uands to use the skills gained to ben­e­fit com­mu­ni­ties around their schools.

Mr Seenza who also the pro­vin­cial Civil Pro­tec­tion Unit chair­man, thanked the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion for tak­ing the ini­tia­tive aimed at re­duc­ing the neg­a­tive ef­fects of dis­as­ters through en­hanced pre­pared­ness and re­sponse ac­tion. Zim­babwe Red Cross So­ci­ety’s Sec­re­tary- Gen­eral, Mr Maxwell Phiri, said First Aid train­ing was one of the ma­jor thrusts of Red Cross.

“Any in­sti­tu­tion with a dream of longevity must have a sound ju­nior pol­icy and it our hope that the ju­nior Red Cross clubs will help in­cul­cate hu­man­i­tar­ian val­ues in our young peo­ple so that they grow to be re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens who spare a thought for the less priv­i­leged.

“In the same vein we wel­come the rolling out of the First Aid train­ing pro­gramme for teach­ers which is cen­tral to the cre­ation of a safe learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment in our schools. First Aid is not an ab­stract thing, but a rel­e­vant skill which is im­por­tant in sav­ing lives dur­ing emer­gen­cies.

“Of­ten times, loss of lives dur­ing emer­gen­cies, ac­ci­dents or dis­as­ters is not pri­mar­ily due to the grav­ity of the mishap, but be­cause no-one was avail­able to pro­vide ba­sic First Aid. Th­ese train­ing are thus a de­lib­er­ate ef­fort aimed at min­imis­ing risk,” he said.

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