Bahrain is a nation whose foundations are deeply rooted in family values, tribal and community culture and support, with a rich heritage of a high standard of societal health and educational pursuit. Globalization and mass communication have influenced children's lives by opening a world with many new influences, standards, opportunities, and values. Their world is no longer restricted to the environment of family and community. Life choices in this new world are sometimes overwhelming and confusing, so instilling values and knowledgeable decision-making skills during the early, formative years is essential. While most young people in Bahrain are doing well, some are at risk of less-than-optimal outcomes. The many factors that place a child at risk have a negative multiplier effect on the youth's health and social outcomes. This potential for adverse outcomes necessitates comprehensive strategies to foster resilience. Vulnerable youth who are provided with a supportive and flexible environment can better access the resources they need to develop their abilities to face life challenges successfully.
KeywordsSchool Health Government School Gulf Cooperation Council Vulnerable Youth School Health Program
This work was done with support from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education (Joint Committee), Gulf Council Committee (GCC), and World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO).