First milestone reached in China

In China, ICDP reached its first milestone in 2016 when the first two groups of facilitators completed their training. These are the pioneers who will define the future of ICDP in the country.

The word about ICDP is spreading; inquiries are coming from all over China.

ICDP work in China is part of a development project called ”Yunnan Left-behind Children Development Project” which is implemented by Shincon Kunming Rep. Office,  and supported by The Norwegian agency for development cooperation and Norwegian Lutheran Mission.

ICDP has reached 3 areas: 1. Kunming, the provincial capital of Yunnan, an urban area with many migrant children. 2. Zhaotong, a rural and poor area with many Left-behind children. 3. Xishuangbanna, a border area, with many different minorities, languages and cultures. In addition, to test out spreading to other provinces two people have been trained from Xining in Qinghai province. 

So far a total of 379 caregivers/parents received training with approximately 2000 children under their care. In addition, the leaders of 153 children´s home and 10 kindergartens are ICDP trained and approximately 6000 children under direct or indirect care of  ICDP trained caregivers.

Based on East-Asian art tradition, a set of four scrolls was developed, one illustrating the general foundation of the programme and three scrolls representing the three dialogues of the ICDP programme (emotional, cognitive and regulative). A film in ten sections was produced to facilitate the delivery of the ICDP course and its content.
A short film was also made to raise awareness about ICDP and social media, WeChat, has proved instrumental in spreading this film to new areas in the country.

During 2016, network meetings were held in different parts of Yunnan to discuss and share experiences, discuss challenges and brainstorm about potential improvement.
The vision is for scaling up ICDP  and in order to achieve this aim several steps have already been undertaken to ensure that everything will be in place to facilitate future wide scale implementation in China.