The Effectiveness of a School-Based Intervention to Increase Knowledge on Health Topics Among Secondary School Students in the Republic of Georgia
Kasrashvili, T., Japaridze, Z., Kerner, B., Scott, V., Colaco, R. J., & Djibuti, M. (2012, July). The Effectiveness of a School-Based Intervention to Increase Knowledge on Health Topics Among Secondary School Students in the Republic of Georgia. Presented at AIDS 2012, Washington, DC.
The primary objectives of this study were to (1) measure the effectiveness of the Healthy Lifestyles Curriculum (HLC) pilot intervention and (2) provide technical recommendations to the Ministry of Education and Science (MOES) for institutionalizing the use of HLC in the Republic of Georgia. The intervention, which was designed and implemented within the framework of the Georgia HIV Prevention Project (GHPP), trained teachers to use the HLC manual, activity book, and PowerPoint presentations to deliver 5 standard lessons, and provided students with HLC booklets.
The HLC curriculum improved students’ knowledge of factors in health and wellbeing. Having proper knowledge can help students make healthier decisions and translate information into behavior change. The project recommendations to institutionalize healthy lifestyle education in the secondary schools of Georgia have been accepted by MOES. Relevant topics were incorporated into the national education plan, and the biology curriculum and text books were updated accordingly. In addition, GHPP provided technical assistance to MOES in the training of biology mentor teachers and master trainers to provide mentorship and supervision, and to conduct trainings for biology teachers nationwide.