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For some decades now students have been given lessons about drugs in school in the belief that education about drugs can change their behaviour. This publication discusses basic principles upon which policy makers, school administrators and teachers can make decisions on how to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate school-based drug prevention programmes.
A considerable body of evidence has emerged in the last twenty years to inform governments, schools, non-government organisations (NGO’s), teachers, parents and students about effective school health programmes. School programmes that are integrated, holistic and strategic are more likely to produce better health and education outcomes than those which are mainly information-based and implemented only in the classroom. These Guidelines for Promoting Health in Schools identify the basic principles and components of this approach. …
The booklet describes the foundation and reasoning behind the partnership of Focus Resources on Effective School Health (FRESH). It explains the basic components of a school health programme and provides rationales to foster effective partnerships between education and health sectors, teachers and health workers, school and community groups, pupils and persons responsible for school health programme.