Received: 18 March 2020
Accepted: 31 December 2020
First Online: 13 January 2021
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The research was approved by the Institute of Research Board (IRB) of Jimma University before data collection. Permission was obtained from the Jimma Zone health department for permissions. Though; parents should be consented to involve children less than 18 years in the research process; consenting parents appears inconvenient as the study was conducted in schools. And, school teachers can better play a parental role in taking care of their students once they are in school. Importantly; students were familiar with the current study as they were actively engaged in the implementation process of the project in which they acted as massagers of malaria information to parents and local communities. Considering all of these challenges and inconveniences; the IRB has ethically approved the study. Therefore; written consent was taken from school principals on behalf of parents in this study. Similarly; oral assent was sought from children after explaining the purpose of the study in the language they can understand. Confidentiality and anonymity were assured for study participants during data collection.