Abdulrahman Kanoo School Diyar (ARKS) hosted International Diabetes Awareness Day today, a few days later this year, to coincide with a visit by the renowned RCSI Bahrain Diabetes Mobile Unit. Under the international theme this year: “Access to Education”, it seemed a fitting way to acknowledge diabetes within our community and the region. The programme, part of the RCSI Bahrain undergraduate nursing student’s curriculum, focuses on education of Type II diabetes and the life skills to be aware of to help prevent and or navigate the disease. Board games and educational sessions were given to the lucky students of Year 3 and Year 4, with two 90-minute sessions within the school’s reception area.
Supporting the N3 students and team leader for the ARKS school visit was Ms. Tala El- Zein, “The aim is to increase the awareness about diabetes, and we are delighted to visit ARKS Diyar and educate children about prevention of diabetes to empower them to protect themselves, their families and the community.”
The rest of the school and staff had the option to dress in blue to show their support. Type 2 diabetes is a growing health challenge in the Kingdom of Bahrain, which exerts significant pressure on the healthcare system itself. At ARKS, and from inception, the school focuses on healthy eating with the support of its canteen supplier- Seven Leisure, along with the integration of curriculum to utilise the building and four multi-purpose courts on an extensive plot of 26,608 sqm.