When Should We Teach First Aid?

In the midst of frequent typhoons, it is funny how our education system here in the Philippines does not include first aid lessons and training in the curriculum of elementary and preschool pupils. Yes, including preschool pupils. Why is that? Children in this age, usually around four to six years old, are most receptive to new knowledge, especially to that knowledge where it requires hands-on training. This is also the stage wherein they will not try to escape or find excuses for them to be able to skip the lessons in first aid as this will be certainly appealing to them, especially with the notion of being able to save a life and being more like of their heroes, like Superman, Spider-Man, etc. It is just quite sad how the education system here does not take advantage of that faculty among kids these days, instead, they just spoon feed the knowledge required of them and not letting them experience how to gain that knowledge. As a result, here we are, flooded with rainwater and ignorant citizens, who only know how to complain and complain and never take a step himself to make an improvement. If only we are able to realize sooner how important it is to teach first aid among youngsters, we may have been able to reduce the number of casualties due to this heavy downpour. But remember, it is never too late – we can still make a difference. How? First by learning and mastering first the first-aid to be given during typhoons, as it will be extremely difficult to reach out during rescue if you do not know what to do. Second, by being visible to our fellow countrymen that their taxes on us will never be wasted. There are a lot of outreach programs in the university whenever a typhoon or monsoon hits us – which is a good sign that the iskolar ng bayan is in action. Third, by trying to disseminate the information about first aid and some tips how to survive whenever there’s a storm. Lastly, by teaching the kids we know, like our younger siblings and cousins, some basic first aid and by entertaining their questions as their young minds will have so many questions about this matter. This can also be made fun by putting this first aid training into a game wherein you can make the kids play a scene during a typhoon, and some kids will act as rescuers and that kind of sort.

Let us never underestimate the ability and the power of the coming generations, because all they need is trust that they can do it, that they have something to contribute for this nation. And remember, in them lies our future, so we must start guiding and equipping them with the right tools and knowledge in preparation for the approaching disasters, as these may still get worse.

-Nadine D. Racelis (2012-28848)

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2 thoughts on “When Should We Teach First Aid?

  1. Oh this takes me way back (not so far back, I’m not that old, mind you) during my days in High School and Elementary. We’d have a subject called “Computer”, and, of course, I suppose it’s a no-brainer on what that subject is all about. Anyway, we had to learn all these codes and whatever number of scripting languages— which for the life of me I remember absolutely nothing of anymore. The rationale of such a curriculum was supposedly to arm the students to be computer-literate especially in this day and age where technology is exponentially getting integrated with the everyday. I mean I get it, the thought behind; it’s a nice thought to coddle, a cool thought, an awesome thought.

    Yet before we got into that, we were taught nothing of the more basic rules-of-thumb on using a computer. The various pieces of hardware and their functions. How to assemble a working desktop from these various pieces. How to purchase a computer or any one of its parts based on intention-of-use. How to maintain the computer in both its hardware and software. How to troubleshoot the thing. Nothing. But here we were tackling HTML, Javascript, Java, and the list goes on.

    For a case-in-point closer to our current, college home, we have ROTC. We’re made to perform all sorts of marching formations and in uncomfortable clothing, not to mention. Meanwhile, there’s minimal training in actual military drills, self-defense, survival, as well as all other wicked and awesome skills I’d have loved to pick up.

    My point, reinforcing your own, is that our schemes of education may sometimes (if not oftentimes) love to get ahead of themselves. We’re being taught complex topics— which many a student can relate that, more often than not, these are actually simple topics with simple concepts just entangled in a mesh of jargon, technicalities, as well as formalities. Reiterating, we’re being taught all these complex topics while we’re left to the wolves when it comes to more practical teachings, teaching that most students see themselves probably doing for the rest of their lives— either regularly or when circumstances warrant.

    Well, in that case, a student may find him/herself wondering sometimes on whether he/she ought to spend the time in the classroom or elsewhere.

  2. First-aid is first aid, it’s only goal is to control the situation and prevent it from worsening…

    First aid can start at a young age… And, the best thing to do is teach them self-help procedures…
    Small accidents much like mild burns, nosebleed, etc…

    For me, First-aid is optimal at teenage years since they’re more able to do something to help others… (they can exert more force, like in doing CPR and lifting an injured victim)
    And, I think they’re more able to digest the information properly, and think more rationally…

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