Training is the under-girding principle in all the initiatives spearheaded by the FDCC. We recognise that in order to ensure the sustainability of our programmes, we must build capacity, both among the participants of the programmes, as well as among staff and facilitators. With this in mind, children, parents and caregivers (rovers and CHA’s) are continuously trained. Meetings and workshops are held with parents as groups in order to strengthen and reinforce the lessons imparted by the caregivers. There is also continuous assessment and feedback as the programme develops.
Rovers and community health aides also benefit from frequent training. Both rovers and CHAs receive intense training when they first become involved with their respective programmes and this training continues throughout their tenure. Rovers participate in fortnightly and quarterly workshops where they are exposed to various ECD topics, as well as communication and inter-personal skills. Some rovers are also afforded the opportunity to become certified by the National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET). Very often, parents receive training from the NCTVET and become certified in a range of skills.
CHAs are trained at the Division of Nursing Education in St. Vincent and The Grenadines. They receive instruction on ECD principles, maternal health matters as well as general information about child health and nutrition. Both rovers and CHAs are trained through a specially created training video which provides clear insight into both roles, as well as detailed information on the effect of early stimulation and other ECD concepts.
The FDCC has recently launched an aggressive advocacy campaign, targeting stakeholders and potential partners at both the macro and micro-levels. Training is integral to the successful implementation of this advocacy campaign and the advocacy toolkit is the vehicle used to deliver this training. Rovers, parents, community members and leaders and indeed all interested persons, benefit from this toolkit which contains material on the basics of advocacy and advocacy techniques.
The toolkit was developed to help stakeholders and partners as they share knowledge and enhance public awareness about ECD and family support. This toolkit is of particular significance to the YouCAN initiative, which seeks to mobilise young persons and community members to lobby for change and better service delivery.
The advocacy toolkit is intended to help stakeholders and partners: