Teacher Toolkits for Schistosomiasis

These Schistosomiasis Teacher Toolkits provide teachers with an approach and materials to increase pupils’ knowledge about schistosomiasis prevention, control, and treatment. There are three toolkits, each include suggestions for how schools can engage pupils/students and parents to reduce schistosomiasis. They are structured to encourage active learning – ensuring students are highly engaged in discussion and activities. Active learning increases students' understanding and retention of key behavior change ideas.

Content of the Schistosomiasis Teacher Toolkit

The material in the toolkits was developed by Dr Bobbie Person and the Behaviour Change team during the Zanzibar Elimination of Schistosomiasis Transmission (ZEST) - Tokomeza Kichocho project, supported by SCORE (Schistosomiasis Consortium for Operational Research and Evaluation). The toolkits were designed to help teachers work with pupils to reduce schistosomiasis in their communities. Each toolkit has two main parts:

  1. The Schistosomiasis Classroom Toolkit provides lesson plans, activity suggestions, and other tools for teachers to use in their classrooms and with the broader community.
    • Eight lesson plans designed to teach students about prevention, control, and treatment of schistosomiasis using active learning approaches
    • Teacher’s Guide for Activities and Safe Play
    • The Schistosomiasis Flipchart
    • The Schistosomiasis Parent Handout
  2. The seven Teacher Training Slide Sets can be used to train teachers in principles of active learning; schistosomiasis prevention and control, and treatment; and how to use the Classroom Toolkit with their students.

The Schistosomiasis Teacher Toolkits

Schistosomiasis Teacher Toolkits are available for teaching about urogenital schistosomiasis and intestinal schistosomiasis.

  • Toolkit for Urogenital Schistosomiasis
  • Toolkit for Intestinal Schistosomiasis

A Toolkit for Mixed Schistosomiasis Infections in in progress and will be available soon.

The Schistosomiasis Teacher Toolkits uses images from Zanzibar and Lake Victoria localities. The toolkits can be adapted for use in other areas by replacing pictures and translation into local languages as needed. It is highly reccomended that the images and content of the classroom tools are tailored to the local context of the area, this will strengthen the engagement and ownership of the teachers, children and community.