Certification of first facilitators in Burkina Faso

In June 2018, Pedro Mendes, one of the ICDP founders and international trainer went on a training visit to Burkina Faso.

Since 2017, Pedro has been training Save the Children staff members in Ouagadougou. The objective of this training project is to eventually include the ICDP method in the parenting package prepared by Save the Children.
By June 2018 the 15 staff members had attended two ICDP workshops and carried out their first practical projects in the field as ICDP trainees - they presented that work to Pedro as compulsory requirement of the ICDP second training module.
The June workshop took place in Kaya, a small town 100 km northeast of the capital town. It was held in the same hotel where most participants were lodged, and this contributed to a close informal contact. Most participants were male with only three women. The workshop was well run, there was kindness and support from the staff and the trainees displayed a warm attitude throughout. All workshop sessions were conducted in French and all the ICDP material to be used in the sessions was previously translated. An important practical exercise was to ask trainees to translate the 8 ICDP guidelines for good interaction into national languages (Moré and Diúla) which naturally led to a very interesting discussion around the right way to define concepts in these languages. The translation is necessary to operate with populations that do not speak French.
Trainees reported verbally and shared in detail about their field work, and there was clear interest and engagement from the rest of the group, triggering lively enlightening discussions. Some participants shared their personal feelings and one of them said that: “I am trying to restructure my life style and apply what I have learnt in my family”. The importance of networking was stressed since expertise from different departments could provide support when there were difficult or critical situations. One of the issues they raised was the less positive role men played in the family dynamic, and it was suggested to try to include men in the ICDP sessions.
During one morning there was a field visit to observe one of the trainees Mrs Samporé, conduct a sensitization session with a group of 9 women. There was a good ‘contract of trust’ between the trainee and the participants.  Some were so touched by Mrs Samporé that they started to talk with their neighbours and relatives about the ICDP messages.
At the June workshop 12 Save the Children staff completed their training and became certified ICDP facilitators. Warm congratulations to new facilitators in Burkina Faso!