Children for Health Training for CHHCs
As part of the SBCC interventions for children, around 300 Child Health and Hygiene clubs will be formed over the period of implementation of the programme. These clubs usually have around 10 to 15 children, along with a teacher in charge for the club. Various trainings are being imparted to the teachers and the school for the activities designed for the children.
Special focus is also being laid on the peer to peer learning module, where children of the CHHCs can take the learnings to the wider school and community environment. Many such activities have been planned with Children for Health, a premier organization devising interactive and friendly modules for training children on health issues in a language best understood by the little ones.
Children for Health is dedicated to the promotion of health education in developing countries, focused on developing children as ambassadors and communicators of essential health messages in their communities.
Method of developing key messages
Children for Health says that their core content is something unique to them: The 100 health messages for children to learn and share. These health messages are the product of an involved process that combines the organization skills in working with children aged 8-13 in the classroom together with their skills in sourcing and distilling health information from high level academic and other sources. They identified 10 health topics and for each topic they identified the top 10 things children should know about this topic. On the one hand feedback has been that this feels like too many messages for children to learn and on the other hand people wish to add many more messages to the lists! The Organization is working with teachers to understand how children memorize the messages, the methods they use and what needs to happen in order for the messages to become completely unforgettable! Unforgettable messages MUST be accurate and we are committed to ensuring accuracy and suitability for the 8 and over age group.
This is the process Children for Health uses:
- A topic is selected for focus – i.e Nutrition.
- An expert adviser for the topic is recruited.
- 20-30 messages in the health topic are developed by Children for Health director Clare Hanbury using materials that she knows or has developed herself. Clare is a health education expert, a former classroom teacher for the 8-13 year old age range and an author of numerous child-focused health education publications dating back to the early 1990s to the present day.
- The expert adviser checks Clare’s key health education source materials and other source materials that include: relevant academic publications (such as the Lancet series on maternal and child nutrition); relevant World Health Organisation Fact Sheets; topic-specific leading journal articles that are open to the public; and UNICEF’s Facts for Life Global.
- The expert adviser discusses and revises the list with Clare and distils them into the initial list of 10 messages. This process takes place over several weeks (and sometime months).
- The final list plus any questions we have are then sent as a blog post to members of the CHILD forum within the Health Information for All by 2015 Campaign. The 12,000 members of this campaign forum include health workers and health education specialists from all over the world.
- A discussion on the forum about the Children for Health topic messages continues over a 2-3 week period (we have received an average of 22 replies to each post!).
- Someone from this active feedback group is identified as a potential ‘guardian’ for the Children for Health 10 health messages on the topic.
- The feedback is considered and the messages revised as a result.
- The guardian for the messages is approached and some have agreed to check on the messages for 12 months. These guardians provide additional feedback on the final 10 messages.
The 10 messages are then put onto the Children for Health website and the ‘read more’ sections and the activities, news and more information pages are developed.
Under the SDI project, this training follows a ToT model, where 25-30 master trainers shall be trained for over a week in a workshop and school setting. They shall then train the Community Health Volunteers and teachers responsible for the CHHCs, on the child friendly approaches, the fun learning materials and the complete peer to peer learning model.