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Abdul and Seri

and how children with diarrhoea need liquid just as a flower needs water
spectacle vivant (conte, théâtre...) ; 4 pages
Ed. Child-to-Child - London FRESH - Paris
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This straightforward story on the importance of oral rehydration is set in Indonesia but it is suitable for use by children of almost any age in any country (and that means most countries in the world) where Diarrhoea and dehydration are a menace to children. Rehydration therapy is one of the greatest contributions which Primary Health Care has given since the 1970s and knowledge about it has saved millions of lives. In many cases children have passed on this knowledge. And NO children should leave school without it.
This story has been slightly modified from the original where Abdul made and gave to Seri a ‘special drink’ made with one cup of water, a level spoonful of sugar and a pinch of salt. Since then there has been some expert difference of opinion on the use of the special drink as against the made-up rehydration salts package but all agree that the key to fighting dehydration is getting liquid back into the child and ‘Facts for Life’ ( and the current Indonesian Health programme) specifically recommends the use of the liquids which Grandma and Abdul give Seri to drink..
One key activity is for children to find out about current ways of treating diarrhoea. It may now be that the custom of withholding liquid may no longer be widely practiced, but there are many others which are nearly as dangerous. They include withholding food, giving oral rehydration salts in little spoonfuls like medicine and purchasing antibiotics (often fake) at great cost. Once children have done their survey they can then discuss how they can spread the right information
The flower
The flower, with and without water, is a powerful symbol and possible in any classroom.
Retelling the story from the grandmother’s point of view raises many points about customs and life skills. What would have happened if Abdul had been rude and not respectful?
Many other activities recommended in part 1 are possible with this story Source Werner and Bower Helping Health Workers Learn Palo Alto Hesperian Foundation 1982 (modified) Original story from Indonesia Dr. Jon Rode


Cycle 1 (2-4 ans) , Cycle 2 (5-7 ans) , Cycle 3 (8-10 ans)

Mots clefs:

enfant (DT) (OP) , santé (DT) (OP)


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