ICDP training in Babati

In Babati, Tanzania, a group of social workers and community health workers attended training in the ICDP programme during March 2020.

It was conducted by two trainers who were assisted by three facilitators from Mbulu. The training had four male and ten female participants and these fourteen participants all attended the ICDP sessions, without any drop outs.

The ICDP project is officially backed by the Manyara Region Social Worker organization, whose aim is to increase social workers’ competence and to enhance their work performance. The training package has three modules with intervals in between the three training workshops for home practice and for putting into action what was learnt in the classroom.  

“The process includes trying out the programme at a personal level and sharing experiences with others on all the key topics; and afterwards receiving more training and developing skills to sensitize other parents/caregivers  in the community, so that they can become more aware and better able to bring up their children to become excellent citizens.

The trainers taught and also facilitated the engagement of the participants by using the inquiring approach, asking questions for individual and group reflection, sharing personal examples and experiences and role-playing key topics. Participants brought up examples illustrating how some children suffered from neglect and were sometimes given labels such as pig, stubborn, ignorant and other. This was analysed and discussed by the participants, who reflected on the significance of the positive approach, seeing the child with respect and without prejudice. This discussion made it easier to demonstrate the meaning of empathy and how the border of empathy can be opened or closed – and that the key of good quality care is to bring the child inside caregivers’ border of empathy. The participants gave their testimonies and experiences and shared several case stories regarding the eight guidelines for good interaction. They will all be practicing the eight guidelines at home as their first self-training task and will take a short video clip with their smart phones of their own interactions with children, which they will present at the second workshop as part of the next training module. This group was very active and committed and before we closed the first training module, they talked about their future work and could envisage different and better ways of performing their work in the community. “ - explains Verynice Frederick, ICDP trainer.