CHIFA Webinar on Children’s Participation in Action and Learning for Nutrition, 18 May 2017

12 April, 2017

On the 18th of May at 13:00 GMT, CHIFA will be holding a webinar on Children’s Participation in Action and Learning for Nutrition (PCAAN), a program run by Children for Health in partnership with the Government of Mozambique. This event is free. 

PCAAN

In Mozambique, the dreadful facts are that in some districts, 44% of all children under 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition. This limits the potential of these children and makes them more prone to disease.

Children for Health understands that school-going children are often carers of these young children and can be mobilised to learn about and address nutrition problems and influence family nutrition practices. Therefore, we are working to embed a participatory approach to nutrition education in 15 primary schools in Provincial Government of Tete using their system of school clubs, called ‘Interest Circles’.

Since 2014 and in partnership with DANIDA, we have worked with educators at all levels to adapt our content and methods that fit into the government system and thereby create a participatory, sustainable and effective nutrition education programme.

A recent evaluation of the programme (completed in 2016) suggests that it is having a powerful impact on the lives and the health of children under 5’s and friends and family describe the children involved as “heroes”. In particular, the approach was already having a positive impact on food choices, breastfeeding and hygiene practices.

Story books, a recipe book, teaching and training guides have all been co-created with teachers and children involved with the programme. Some of the teaching materials are still being translated but the story books and one teaching guide in English are all available from the Children for Health ‘Shop’.

In this webinar:

Clare and Bibiche will give an overview of the PCAAN programme, explain the innovative training methods used and developed during the programme now being used by other organisations, and set out the findings from the evaluation of the PCAAN programme. 

Speakers:

Clare Hanbury (Founder and CEO of Children for Health) has worked in international education and development since 1983. She is first and foremost a practitioner. Clare started her career as a classroom teacher and worked in schools in Kenya and Hong Kong. For seven years, Clare was the programme officer for The Child-to-Child Trust. During that time she was involved in work with numerous UN organisations and international non-government organisations promoting children’s participation in health. She also worked with several Ministries of Health and Education in countries in Africa training and developing teaching materials and health education curricula. 

Between 1999 to 2013, Clare worked as an independent consultant based in Cambridge. She is an trainer, adviser and coach. She is expert in developing simple, effective information on child health and in promoting the participation of children in health. Clare has been employed by The Child-to-Child Trust, UNICEF, UNESCO, Save the Children, the UBS Optimus Foundation, The Government of Denmark (DANIDA), Save the Children UK, Learning for Life UK, Save the Children USA; and the School Health and Nutrition Network’s FRESH initiative funded by the World Bank. Clare has written or contributed to numerous publications. 

Bibiche Mwalutshie Sangwa is a language teacher, trainer and development consultant. She has taught English & French for more than 15 years in DRCongo and Mozambique. From 2011 to 2015 she worked as an adviser to the Danish Embassy in Mozambique working specifically on the Multi-Sectorial Plan for Reducing Chronic Malnutrition. For much of this time, Bibiche was broadly involved in planning, implementing, monitoring and institutional capacity building. Bibiche has also played a key role in coordinating and supporting the PCCAN programme – part of the Education sector’s strategy.

Bibiche has known Clare Hanbury, the CEO of Children for Health since November 2011 and has worked with Children for Health to study, test, analyse and evaluate the capacity and influence of children capacity as nutrition activists. Bibiche has worked as an interpreter and lead trainer and programme designer. Bibiche has helped to navigate the production of a suite of pedagogical resources for PCAAN. These form the backbone of the programme as it scales to other districts in Mozambique. Bibiche and one of the teachers involved in the programme, Lourenco Govate were the winners of the inaugural Children for Health Outstanding Partners prize 2015.

How to register:

Although it is not required to register beforehand, we would appreciate it if you could indicate if you are planning to attend the webinar by signing up through Eventbrite [link will be provided here soon].

How to connect to the webinar: 

Details will be provided here soon.