The seminar report of 3rd "Comprehensive Sexuality Education" presented by Professor Beverley YamamotoReporting day: 2021/4/2/
Reporter: Fumiko Shibuya
The Japanese Consortium for Global School Health Research (JC-GSHR) has many professionals with a wealth of experience in the field of international school health.
We invite professionals specializing in each field as lecturers on topics of interest in the international school health, and hold seminar for members.
At the 3rd seminar, Professor Beverly Yamamoto of the Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University gave the lecture on "Comprehensive Sexuality Education".
Professor Beverly taught us regarding the Comprehensive Sexuality Education advocated by UNESCO, the approach to human rights, and the current state of sex education in Japan.
In the question-and-answer session, we discussed how to teach sex education, protection of human rights, and challenging issues related to sex education.
The content of this lecture has been uploaded to YouTube and is open to members only.
This seminar is a valuable opportunity to learn from professionals of JC-GSHR.
We hold seminars on a regular basis.
If you are interested in the special seminar, we look forward to your participation.
Thank you so much.
Reporter: Marie Ueno
Japanese Consortium Global School Health and Research (JC-GSHR) has been organizing an online seminar since last year. The aim of the online seminar is to provide the opportunity for members of JC-GSHR to learn various topics in Global School Health.
An online seminar on “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene” was held on the 2nd of March,2021. This seminar was delivered by Dr. Elli Sugita from Osaka university, Global UNESCO Chair in Global Health and Education.
The contents of the seminar were as follows,
-Fresh water – A limited resource
-3 major water problems
-The importance of WASH
-WASH strategies etc.
The online seminar is delivered in an interactive way with question-and-answer session allowing all participants to join and understand well about the topic.
If you’re interested in joining our online seminar, please feel free to contact us.
Reporter: Rie Ogasawara/Elli Sugita
The Joint Congress on Global Health 2020 (GH2020) was held November 1-3, 2020. This congress was the first in Japan to unite the four different academic societies; 1) Japanese Society of Tropical Medicine, 2) Japan Association for International Health, 3) Japanese Society of Travel and Health, and 4) International Society of Clinical Medicine.
“Campur”, which means “mixing with each other” in Indonesian, was the motto of this joint Congress with the goal to promote integration and collaboration among disciplines, cultures and people.
Unfortunately, we could not have the onsite conference in Osaka due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and it was shifted to a virtual conference.
JC-GSHR, in collaboration with Osaka University UNESCO Chair in “Global Health and Education,” organized a global symposium at the GH2020.
The title was….
School Health as we confront COVID-19 in Asia
～What we learned and where do we go from here?～
The symposium focused on school health during the COVID-19 pandemic among seven Asian countries (Cambodia, China, Japan, Korea, Lao PDR, Nepal and the Philippines). All these seven countries are located in Asia, but the prevalence of COVID-19 in the region varies greatly. School closures followed by school re-openings have occurred in many countries, but “how” and “when” varied greatly as well. The aim of this symposium was to better understand the roles and responsibilities of schools under, with and after COVID-19. Each speaker made excellent presentations outlining the situation in their country, the impact of COVID-19 on schools, and school health.
We were honestly disappointed that we could not meet in person and have lively discussions in Osaka, but we promised to meet with a smile in Osaka in 2021 and closed the symposium successfully.
Reporter: Takeshi Akiyama (Nagano College of Nursing)
I published a review article “Undokai and sports events in the Japanese school system” in the special issue of Pediatrics International, “School Health Promotion in Japan and its Contribution to Asia and Africa.”
This article covers sports events in Japanese schools, including Undokai. Undokai has a unique style developed during the time of modernization in Japan. The history and role of sports events were described in this article. Furthermore, the importance of sports events was discussed not only in the context of Japan but also worldwide.
These photos are a sports event of in the Philippines.
health education using ZOOM
Even field trip and health checkup, we are conscious of preventing infectious diseases.
Even field trip and health checkup, we are conscious of preventing infectious diseases.
Reporter: Sachi Tomokawa
A study on” Introducing Ecohealth education in a Teacher Training Institute in Lao PDR: a case study" was accepted.
This paper argues the effectiveness of Ecohealth education for improving the quality of health and environmental education and for achieving sustainable development in developing countries.
To illustrate the need for Ecohealth education, we review the transitions in health education, environmental education and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in various developing countries.
Moreover, we discuss issues relating to these disciplines and consider the possible roles that Ecohealth education can play.
Then, drawing on a case study conducted in Lao PDR, we propose a concrete example of the teaching content of Ecohealth education.
We conclude that Ecohealth education can embody the concepts of ESD with respect to health and environmental issues, and thus can contribute to improvements in the quality of health and environmental education, and of ESD. In addition, we propose the following five actions for implementing Ecohealth education in developing countries:
(i) promote research based on the approaches of public health and anthropology, and develop teaching materials that use the research results,
(ii) empower school-aged children,
(iii) encourage the active involvement and sharing of problems among communities,
(iv) strengthen participatory teaching and learning methodology and
(v) build a training system and train relevant teachers.
Introducing Ecohealth education in a Teacher Training Institute in Lao PDR: a case study
Reporter: Marie Ueno
My name is Marie Ueno. I am a member of the JC-GSHR office. I have lived in Ghana from 2017 to 2019 as a Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer. I was dispatched as a school health volunteer to Ada East district Education Office in Greater Accra region, Ghana.
I cooperated with the School Health Education Program(SHEP) coordinator to promote school health activities at schools in the district. One of the activities I focused on was making a “health song” in their local language. While I went around schools, I felt that they struggled with the lack of health education among children, teachers, and parents. My co-worker and I decided to create health songs related to the local’s daily life that provide them with knowledge and technical skills.
We wrote 8 songs that highlight important health topics, including personal hygiene, hand washing, clean environment, water sanitation, prevention of Malaria, nutrition, dental health, first aid and so on. After composing the songs, we made them into books and distributed them to every school in the district.
After the distribution, many teachers used the book as teaching material to teach children about each health during the morning assembly. In addition to this, I found that one of the teachers made good use of the health songs book. She used the book as teaching material in the local language class. Thus, I realized that even if there is not enough time to introduce health education in the curium, we can create more opportunities for children to learn about health and hygiene.
Health Songs book Hand washing / Food Handling song
Health education in elementary school Health talk at local radio station
Health sons book used as a teaching material in local language class
Reporter: Jun Kobayashi
At present, the increasing the number of suicides in adolescents is a global public health issue. The number of suicides in adults has been decreasing in Japan, while it is increasing in adolescence. As one of the reasons behind this, the problem of bullying cannot be ignored. Furthermore, it can be said that the problem of “Cyber bullying” is becoming more serious problem together qualitatively quantitatively.
On the other hand, the lower suicide rates is shown in Indonesia. Moreover, bulling case was the lower number among Southeast Asian countries according to the Global School-Based Survey. A team of Department of Global Health, University of the Ryukyus, Japan and School of Medicine, Mataram University in Lombok, Indonesia, started a study to clarify the question; "Why does Indonesian have so much bullying?",
As a result of this study, it was found that the curriculum includes religious education and moral education that respects multi-ethnic and other religions, which effectively prevents bullying. Furthermore, it was suggested that cultural event in school as extracurricular activities also had an effect as extracurricular activities.
We believe that these results will be useful for formulating the strategy to prevent bulling among countries such as Japan, where bullying is becoming more serious.
This manuscript is in review process in “Special Issue in Pediatrics International; School Health Promotion in Japan and Its Contribution to Asia and Africa”
Reporter: Yuko Teshima
My name is Yuko Teshima. I am a member of JC-GSHR office.
The other day, I presented my master's research at NUTRITION 2020, an international conference sponsored by the American Society for Nutrition. This conference was scheduled to be held in Seattle, the USA in June of this year, but due to the influence of Covid-19, it was suddenly held online.
Secondary data analysis was conducted in 58 low- and middle-income countries between 2006 and 2018, comprising 692,704 children under five years old by using the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS). I estimated the changes in the dual burden of malnutrition at the individual level and its socioeconomic inequality index.
The double burden of malnutrition (DBM) is a major public health problem in the world. DBM refers to the situation where undernutrition and overnutrition are present in the same place. After "Nutrition Transition" was first proposed in 1993, the global nutrition situation has been problematic and many low- and middle-income countries focused on overnutrition and undernutrition.
According to a policy brief of the World Health Organization (WHO), DBM can manifest at three levels. The first level is the population level. The second one is the household level. And the last one is the individual level, which is my research target population.
I am currently working hard to submit this paper.
You can see the abstract here.
Reporter: Yuko Noguchi
My name is Yuko Noguchi. I am a member of JC-GSHR office.
I took part in internship program in Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Thailand Office in February 2020. In Thailand, there are three institutions under the Department of Empowerment of Person with Disabilities that accept children aged 7 to 18 with intellectual disabilities. Taking this opportunity, I visited two out of these three institutions, a self-help group, Asia Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) and Rajanukul Institute to learn about the state of people with intellectual disabilities including children with intellectual disabilities living in institutions in Thailand.
Through interviews to staffs working in institutions, I found that about half of residents were aged over 18 years due to no place to go to although nearly 40% of them had capability of doing daily living activity themselves. The Thai government enact laws to requires private company and public organization to hire one person with disability in every 100 employees. However, few chances of getting job to residents in institution for intellectual disability. The difficulty of receiving social support and getting hired in a company may prevent them from leaving the institution and living in the society.