Publishing for Environmental and Health
Evaluation of Action Magazine
report describes an evaluation of educational materials in a 'popular
publishing' format conducted with pupils in Southern Africa. The
materials were developed by the 'Action Magazine' team based in
Harare, Zimbabwe - a small team of experts in desk top publishing
and artwork production. The magazines were designed to be cheaply
produced using commercial newsprint presses and distributed directly
to some of the most disadvantaged schools in the region. Teachers'
pages were also produced as part of the package. The general area
of concern of Action Magazine is Environmental and Health Education
- including such crucial topics as AIDS education.
The evaluation used survey methods, questionnaires and individual
interviews, to ascertain the uses made of this resource by schools,
teachers and pupils. Children's understanding of text and comic-strip
conventions are reported systematically.
This publication will be of interest to those involved with education
in developing countries as well as curriculum developers, health
and environmental educators and school system administrators.
Action Magazine is a registered NGO which uses graphics, puzzles,
cartoons, competitions etc. to introduce readers to environmental
and health issues. Action cooperates with curriculum staff from
ministries of education and schools. Free copies are sent to all
primary and secondary schools, teacher training colleges in Zimbabwe,
Zambia and Botswana and periodically to Lesotho, Swaziland and
Namibia. Key editions such as the AIDS issue have been translated
into several local languages. Action Magazine can be contacted