Raising the skills of young people from Odumase-Sunyani in first aid and improving the health by physical activity
Salesian Missionary Voluntary Service "Youth for the World", in cooperation with Don Bosco Vocational - Technical Institute, implemented a project in Sunyani, Brong Ahafo Region, under which two volunteers organised training relating to first aid and theory of sports, as well as sports classes for the youth from the Odumase district.
Volunteers worked with teachers and students of Don Bosco Vocational Technical Institute, where young people undergo carpentry, IT and construction vocational training, as well as with young people participating in general physical education activities in the Mary Help of Christian Odumase parish.
The aim of the project was to improve the young people’s health through enhancing their physical fitness, encouraging them to take up sports and teaching them about first aid and everyday hygiene. Volunteers also aimed at improving the competences of local educators in the abovementioned areas and provided them with training and teaching materials (such as a dummy for presenting correct resuscitation techniques) to be used in further training.
Volunteers mainly organised professional sports classes, such as football or volleyball trainings. The total of 67 persons aged 16-27 divided into 4 groups participated in the activities. Activities held in the Don Bosco Vocational Technical Institute covered 3 groups: football players (24 persons), male volleyball players (12 persons) and female volleyball players (12 persons), whereas the parish group was composed of 19 football and volleyball players. At the beginning and at the end of each training cycle, each group underwent physical evaluation, which allowed for measuring the progress made by the participants during the course.
The theory of sports, which explained the aim of sports training, as well as the correct techniques, tactics and the rules of team sports to participants, was taught to the abovementioned three school groups (thus to the total of 48 persons) and the classes were held once a week from 27-07-2010 to 02-10-2010. At the end of the 10-day cycle, volunteers held a theory test during which the participants had to prove their knowledge of the rules, tactics and techniques of selected aspects of sports.
First aid course held from 26-07-2010 to 01-10-2010 covered all groups, i.e. male and female volleyball players, football players, and the parish players (thus the total of 67 students), as well as the faculty of Don Bosco Vocational Technical Institute (10 teachers). The activities were both theoretical and practical. The training ended with a test of theoretical and practical knowledge and selection of two teachers with the greatest theoretical knowledge and practical skills, who could continue teaching first aid techniques.
The voluntary work had an impact on the local community of Sunyani - Odumase, raising its awareness relating to health and to the need of improving knowledge about health care.
As an educational initiative, after they returned to Poland, volunteers organised an exposition entitled "Millennium Development Goals", composed of 10 roll-up banners. It was presented in the Silesian Cultural Centre in Świętochłowice (13-15 December 2010), in the Academy of Physical Education in Katowice (16-19 December 2010) and in the Don Bosco Salesian Public School Complex (20-22 December 2010). At the latter location, volunteers also organised a debate with students on the Millennium Development Goals. Approximately 1,000 young people visited the exposition.