ICDP started a training programme together with Save the Children in 2017.
The main objective of this new initiative is to offer ICDP training to eighteen members of Save the Children staff and some of their partner institutions. The training will take place over several months and it will lead to their certification as ICDP Facilitators in 2018.
The long term vision is to insert the ICDP programme as part of Save the Children's own work, inside their Parenting Package Project.
In Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso, the first ICDP training module was implemented from the 13th – 16th November 2017. A total of 25 hrs were used to cover the ICDP programme agenda.
The eighteen participants are directly involved in three field projects in three different provinces. Most of the participants were men - there were three women and fifteen men. This could help mobilise more men in the target communities, by involving them actively in the caring and education of children. The ICDP trainer, Pedro Mendes feels that this is an issue that merits exploring, while at the same time he is aware that there might be some cultural hindrances.
"The atmosphere during the sessions was very relaxed and there was a good participation from the attendants who expressed their views and opinions and were ready to give pertinent examples from their field experience. Instructions were given for their ICDP field tasks. The venue was rather agreeable and there was close sharing during meals. The planned field visit did not take place for lack of time and opportunity; however, it will take place during the next workshop." - Pedro Mendes.