Latest from Kitwe

In Kitwe, Zambia, a group of 18 facilitators received their ICDP diplomas (on photo above).

The certification workshop took place at the beginning of October 2019, conducted by Nicoletta Armstrong.

The ICDP work in Zambia is organized by Grace Mwendapole from Save the Children Zambia with support from Mukesh Lath from Save the Children India. Some of the facilitators are Save the Children staff and others came from their partner organizations. 

The newly trained facilitators agreed that the ICDP guidelines made a difference to their way of relating at home with children, and they provided touching personal examples for the 8 guidelines for good interaction. Many said they are now more aware and try to spend a lot more time with their children. They also said that they now hold longer conversations and follow their children’s interests in the way they failed to do before. 

The newly accredited ICDP facilitators have been visiting villages in the Copperbelt Province in north-western part of the country, rolling out the ICDP programme in a number of villages, as part of their self-training projects. They were welcomed by the communities and parents said they were happy to be learning this programme and wished to carry on learning more.

On the second day of the workshop all facilitators and their trainer, went together by bus to a village called Katembula, situated in the large rural undeveloped Lufwanyama District, to observe some of the facilitators in action while working with parents. A few families arrived to the ICDP meeting with quite a number of children; but all seemed very focused during the ICDP activities, speaking freely and sharing many personal examples. The local team of facilitators said that the parents understood the meaning of the 8 guidelines for good interaction and have been trying to apply them at home with their children; they realized how when praising and showing their love this meant a lot to their children; they felt the importance of talking to their children in a meaningful way without shouting. 

Facilitators later explained that the parents were doing their home tasks diligently remembering to bring their personal examples of interactions with their children to group meetings. They explained that in their  local Bemba language there isn't a word for empathy but they describe it to parents as “putting yourself in the shoes of your child” and this worked well. It was also important to find adequate ways of translating the 8 guidelines for good interaction using key words, which facilitators selected after some discussion. 

All new facilitators will be implementing ICDP in three chiefdoms next, and their new projects are planned to finish by the end of 2019.