Knowledge for Children

Knowledge for Children (KforC), believes that knowledge is the key to positive development in Cameroon. KforC invests in education for children in the rural areas of Cameroon. KforC accomplishes this by adopting a professional modus operandi with a clear focus on results. We believe that sustainability when KforC phases out of each project is the key to long term success. KforC has therefore adopted a participatory approach in which teachers and parents are key stakeholders in each project.
Jun 23, 2015

Spread the nets! Do not Give Malaria a BITING chance!

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Introduction:
Since March 2015, the Knowledge for Children’s health project has continued to sensitize communities on basic hygiene and sanitation. We organized the commemoration of World Malaria Day with the entire community of Tatum, one of the zones where Knowledge for Children works.
 Installation of Hand Washing Systems:
In order to promote basic hygiene and sanitation in the schools we work with, Knowledge for Children has continued to donate hand washing tanks to the schools benefiting from the health program. During these visits, we donate three tanks and six bars of soap per school, which are distributed to levels 1, 2 and 3. We present a health talk to both the pupils and the parents on the importance of hand washing. We invite parents during these visits to make sure the Parent Teachers Association is involved in the project to ensure sustainability.
 We expect the PTA to be responsible for repairing the tanks if they are broken and continuing to provide soap for the pupils. The parents can also promote this project to the children at home by making sure they keep their hand clean.
 World Malaria Day:
On the 25th of April, Knowledge for Children together with partners Afoni Children of Hope, Rural Development Foundation and four local Health Clubs joined the community of Tatum in Nkum Zone to celebrate World Malaria Day. Celebrated under the theme: Invest in the Future – Defeat Malaria, we organized a parade, which was headed by the bike riders of Tatum. The Health Scouts marched with cardboard signs that read: Malaria sucks; hang your nets and frustrate the mosquitoes; Malaria kills do not give Malaria a biting chance; spread the word and spread the nets, etc.
 
The parade ended at the Grand Stand where we had other activities like the three ways sketch, which was performed by the Health Scouts of GS Tatum, PS Tatum and GS Nkween. PS Tatum played the first part, which was about a community that is ignorant about Malaria and uses their mosquito nets for fishing instead. They also demonstrated some unhealthy habits like having a very dirty environment that promotes mosquito breeding. GS Tatum performed the second part of the sketch about a group of advocates going out to sensitize the first community on the dangers of Malaria and how to prevent it. GS Nkween played the third part, which was about a community that is now Malaria free as a result of the knowledge they have gained from the advocacy group.
 
Other activities for this day included songs by Health Scouts and poems from students of GBHS Tatum. We dressed up two pupils with mosquito outfits who chased people around “infecting” them with Malaria. The mosquito also got very frustrated when it tried to bite the children who were under the nets. We invited a health worker who presented an educative talk on the dangers of Malaria and why communities should join hands to combat Malaria. The Health Scouts had a lot of fun during this day.
 Thanks to everybody that is supporting this projects both morally and financially, Knowledge for Children has continued to promote “Good Health for Quality Education” in over 50 primary schools.
“Two heads are better than one” goes the saying around here. This means together we can achieve more.
 
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Feb 18, 2015

2014 World Aids Day and updates.

After the installations of the new health clubs in September and October of 2014 the health project took a break to evaluate the workshops that we organized in October. We realized that the workshops were very necessary as the coordinators shared best practices among themselves. We also discussed the challenges they are facing and are now focusing on designing solutions to these challenges.

World Aids Day:

During the month of November the health team was preparing for world Aids Day. We had a series of planning meetings with other partners like Banso Baptist Hospital (BBH), Rural Development Foundation (RDF) and Shisong Hospital. The two hospitals provided personnel and resources for Voluntary Counseling and Testing.RDF and Knowledge for Children provided two thousand condoms that were distributed during the celebration of World Aids Day on the 1st of December 2015.We started this day with a parade that brought together a lot of people some of who made up a convoy that escorted us to the market.The Venue of the Celebration for 2014 was Mbve Market which is the biggest market in Kumbo. Plus the 1st of December coincided with the big market day which brings a lot of people from surrounding villages. With this opportunity we were able to reach out to so many people in one place.

Knowledge for Children invited 50 Health Scouts from 5 clubs who first went round the market to distribute flyers about HIV and Aids then they later presented drama and songs educating the population about HIV and Aids.

Our counseling and testing team was implacable and was able to test 304 people in one day. Everybody who got test was given condoms to take home.

Last year was a very productive year for the Knowledge for Children Health Program, we were able to graduate 17 health clubs that are now self sustainable. And we were able to add 10 new clubs to the program. The Health program continues to grow in strength and quality with more communities getting involved. Our objective is to bring more healthy practices to many more children in rural communities.We can only achieve this with your support. We continue to be grateful to all those who have and are still contributing either morally or financially to the growth and success of this project. 


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Nov 11, 2014

KforC Sensitizes schools on Ebola! and More.

The Knowledge for Children Health Team recently held a series of workshops for our current Health Club Coordinators. One teacher and the community coordinator for each school in the Health Program were invited to one workshop. In total, we held two workshops for 2nd and 3rd year schools, and one workshop for new schools. The goals of the workshops included reiterating the Health Program goals, sharing monitoring and evaluation methods, and demonstrating interactive teaching strategies.

All three workshops included an introductory session on Ebola, which highlighted information on transmission, prevention, and treatment, as well as up-to-date statistics. The session also focused on how to pass on this relevant information to Health Scouts and communities. Each of the three workshops additionally featured sessions on the importance of assertive communication of accurate information, particularly in relation to sexual reproductive health education. The KforC Health Team used sketches to depict inefficient and passive teaching methods compared to effective and engaging teaching methods.

2nd and 3rd Year Workshops:

The KforC Health Team held one workshop at the Council Hall in Ndu for schools far from Kumbo, and one workshop at the Himalayan Institute in Kumbo for those schools close by. The morning of the workshop consisted of a review of the Health Club objectives, monitoring and evaluation protocols, and how to encourage the club’s President and Vice President. The afternoon sessions were more interactive, with a focus on engaging teaching methods, games, effectively using HIV action readers, and planning for sensitization events like World AIDS Day.

The Health Team encouraged each school to plan their own event for World AIDS Day based on the needs of their own communities. The coordinators finished the workshop by writing a draft plan for their own event, including what they will do, who will be involved, when and where the event will take place and their unique community event objectives. For example, some communities were planning a sensitization event in their market through the Health Club performing songs, sketches, and poems.

1st Year Workshop:

The new Health Club coordinators were invited to Kumbo to participate in their first ever Health Program workshop. The main focus at this workshop was to familiarize the new coordinators with their roles and responsibilities within the Health Program. The workshop began with a detailed description of the Health Program, including the program’s origin, policy of implementation, monitoring and evaluation guidelines, and outline of each of the three years in the program. We continued with a session on the Health Club Teacher’s Manual and Health Club Diary, both important tools in the Health Program. The recently revised manual includes sections dedicated to icebreakers, basic hygiene, Malaria, HIV/AIDS, condoms, reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, and role-plays. With a focus on interactive teaching methods, each section includes multiple sessions in the form of games, activities, sketches, and discussions.

 After the lunch break, the new Health Club Coordinators were invited to sessions completely focused on interactive learning and fun in clubs. The afternoon sessions went into detail on how to utilize the HIV Action Readers, how to play games while maintaining the educational aspect, and how to share sensitive information with pupils in an assertive, effective manner. The workshop ended with an informative discussion about teaching sexual reproductive health and sexually transmitted diseases with youth.

 Conclusion:We had every school in the Health Program represented by at least one of their coordinators. The KforC Health Team is extremely pleased with the positive turn out and we believe the coordinators in attendance will pass on the information to their counterparts in their respective communities. Thanks to active participants, all the workshops were very engaging and resulted in interesting and interactive discussions. We are excited to see the progress of the Health Clubs during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Appreciation:The KforC Health Team would like to extend gratitude to all those who have provided both financial and moral support to our program. We would not have access to the schools and resources without it. We are making real progress with the Health Clubs and we hope to continue the positive work.

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