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.
Jan 8, 2014

Health Scouts Alumni Network , Pictures and more...

World AIDS Day Parade.jpg
World AIDS Day Parade.jpg
Hi 
Happy new year 2014 ! Hope your new year has gotten off to a great start..
Here is a brief on what has been going on at Knowledge for Children.
 
This Fall has been a very productive time for the Knowledge for Children Health Program. Since submission of the last report, we successfully launched our Alumni Network by conducting two youth camps covering six of our communities around Kumbo. We also had a great World AIDS Day event with fourteen of our schools in Ndu. All events were well received and we look forward to continuing and expanding on these projects in the coming year.
  
Project Continuity:
 
Last year, Knowledge for Children became interested in creating an Alumni Network of former Health Scouts that are now attending secondary school. Health Scouts face increased health risks as they enter secondary school, particularly in regard to sexual health risks (i.e. HIV exposure and pregnancy). We would like to continue to support Health Scouts as they go through the transition from childhood into adulthood in order to ensure maximum impact of the principles taught in primary school. Additionally, we would like to build leadership skills among secondary students by having older students mentor current Health Scouts and support coordinators in their efforts to run the Health Clubs in primary schools.
 
In order to achieve these goals, we worked with six communities in the Kumbo area to conduct two youth camps that trained graduated Health Scouts on leadership and communication skills, decision-making, resisting peer pressure, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, and planning for the future. We were able to successfully utilize the six Community Health Club Coordinators that were instituted this summer to organize the camp logistics and select students to attend. The camps were conducted over a period of three days each in the first and second week of October. Approximately 80 students benefited from the camp and used bananas to effectively demonstrate the proper use of a condom, as well as show improved knowledge about sexual reproductive health and HIV. At the end of the camp, each student pledged to be a youth leader in their community and volunteer at their local primary school.
 
Our second project for the first part of the school year, the World AIDS Day program, was equally successful. Fourteen of our Health Clubs in the Donga-Mantung and Nkum Divisions attended an event in Ndu. The Lord Mayor and a representative of the Divisional Officer, as well as the Delegate of Youth Affairs, attended and showed a great deal of support for their community. We also partnered with the District Medical Office and the Community Baptist Health Center to provide 136 HIV tests to community members and distribute 900 condoms to at-risk community members.
 
Additionally, approximately 140 of our students participated in a parade through the town, advertising free HIV testing and sensitizing the community about the realities of HIV/AIDS. We also sent health workers and students into the market to conduct sensitization and outreach. Lastly, each school presented skits and poems about combating HIV/AIDS through reducing stigma, supporting people living with HIV/AIDS, promoting testing and treatment, and dispelling myths. All participants seemed to enjoy the event and we are very proud of the work we accomplished.


Follow Ups:
 
This December, we will follow up on the success of our youth camps by meeting with the Health Club Coordinators in the six communities to record the volunteer work done by attendees. In 2014, we will create a plan to expand the youth camps to the remaining 34 schools in our program. We also hope to host a training that will empower the Community Health Club Coordinators to conduct youth camps independently. We also have plans to conduct a Sanitation and Hygiene Program with our Health Clubs. We will be working with the communities and donors to improve latrines and create hand-washing stations at each of our 40 schools. With your continued support, we hope to be able to significantly impact the rate of water- and food-borne illness in our schools.
 
Appreciation:
We will endlessly continue to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who have and are still giving their financial and moral support to help us bring more healthy habits to primary school children so as to create an HIV Free Generation in the North West Region of Cameroon. Please tell us what you think, any advice or suggestions are welcome!
Once again happy new year and bestwishes!
 
Compiled By:
 
Shannon Clawson
Peace Corps Volunteer
Knowledge for Children Cameroon
 
 
Save Earth ,think about the future! lets care for our environment!
And that which the Lord does many then do whose eyes are always on thier Lord.
World AIDS Day Skit.JPG
World AIDS Day Skit.JPG
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World AIDS Day.JPG
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Youth Camp Completion.JPG
World AIDS Day Condom Distribution.jpg
World AIDS Day Condom Distribution.jpg

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Sep 6, 2013

Innovations! Capacity Building for health clubs and more!

 
 
Introduction:
 

Since submission of the last report, Knowledge for Children has continued with the motto:”Good Health for Quality Education” to continue to support our newly-installed clubs and strengthen our first 20 clubs. We did this by visiting all 40 Health Clubs for a working session. This allowed teachers to observe interactive learning in the classroom, as well as discuss individual concerns with the Health Team. As a result of the need for a Community Coordinator identified in our last series of workshops, we also held a series of four workshops to train and formally install a Community Health Club Coordinator for each school in our Health Program. Lastly, we identified graduated Health Scouts in three communities to participate in a Alumni Network Youth Camp.
 
Project Continuity:
 

Following the workshops that instructed club coordinators on the proper usage of Health Club materials, the Health Team set out to visit all 40 Health Clubs during April and May. The team was able to visit all 40 schools and introduce new games and demonstrate the interactive teaching methods discussed during the workshops. The team introduced a health-themed “Tug of War” game as well as the “Lions and Elephants” game that teaches students about how HIV affects the immune system. We were also able to lead a discussion with each school based on the HIV/AIDS action reader “I still want to play”. This reader teaches children how to support their friends that have parents with HIV.
 
During the school visits, we were also able to meet with school club coordinators and counsel them on how to address specific problems they were experiencing in their club. Finally, we were able to meet the Community Health Club Coordinators that were selected by the school to ensure the continuity of the Health Program, as discussed during the workshops held in March. We were able to explain the purpose of the Community Health Club Coordinators and invite them to a workshop/training that was scheduled in July.
 
The KforC Health Team was then able to conduct a series of workshops to introduce the new Community Health Club Coordinators to the Health Program and train them on how to support and manage their local Health Club. Workshop participants defined the roles and responsibilities of Community Coordinators, learned interactive teaching methods, reviewed the qualities necessary for a good facilitator, and brainstormed ways to involve the community in Health Club Activities.
 
Lastly, the Health Team was able to meet with three of four secondary schools to begin initiation of the Alumni Network. The team established relationships with the Head Masters of the secondary schools and identified the former Health Scouts within these schools. This list of graduated Health Scouts will be used to create invitations for our Alumni Network Youth Camp.
 
Follow Ups:
 
The Health Team now needs to plan and implement two Youth Camps for the official initiation of the Alumni Network. The camps will be held to train graduated Health Scouts on leadership and mentoring skills, decision-making, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, and club management. The camps are currently scheduled for November and will be held in Kumbo Zone as a pilot program. Following the success of these camps, we hope to expand the program to all 40 schools through partnership with the Community Health Club Coordinators.
 
Conclusion:
 
We hope to create a healthy environment by working with our youths for better healthy practices. The saying here goes “A Healthy Mind Can Only Be in a Healthy Body”
 
Appreciation:
We will endlessly continue to extend our heart felt gratitude to all those who have and are still giving their financial and moral support to help us bring more healthy habits to primary school children so as to create an HIV Free Generation in the North West Region of Cameroon. Please tell us what you think, any advice or suggestions are welcome!
 
Compiled By:
 
Losha Mark Chaffee N
 
Program Officer
 
KforC Cameroon,
 
Save Earth ,think about the future! lets care for our environment!
And that which the Lord does many then do whose eyes are always on thier Lord.

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May 6, 2013

Envolving the community!

 

Introduction:Since submission of the last report, Knowledge for Children has continued with the motto:”Good Health for Quality Education” to expand her Health Education Project in 20 primary schools. Beginning January 2013 based on the results of the follow up survey conducted in April 2012 to assess project impact we had recently installed 20 more clubs in 20 new primary schools. Thus Health Education in 40 primary schools. We have selected the new schools with consideration of a networking and a buddy system with the pilot project schools. We believe that the impact of the project will be better felt if the clubs can share their resources.

Project Continuity:Immediately after the installation of the new clubs we organized Health Club workshops with the objective to build Club Coordinators and Health Scouts capacities for better project execution. A series of four workshops were organized that trained 80 club coordinators, all primary school teachers and 80 Health Scouts who are to serve as Health club Delegates. After the evaluation of the pilot phase we discovered some setbacks which could be improved on. As mentioned in the last report we have to pay more attention to the usage of the Love Check Game, HIV Action Readers and as a result the recent workshops focused more on the Proper Usage of these Health Club Resources. Particular attention was also given to examine the role of games and stories in HIV and AIDS education.

Another problem these workshops were addressing was project sustainability and community involvement. Looking back at the pilot project we observed that since our club coordinators are all primary school teachers, some of them already trained, are being transferred by basic education authorities. Over the past year about 15% of our Club coordinators have been moved. The solution as proposed by these teachers is for us to train community based club coordinators who are not necessarily teachers and who therefore will not be transferred.

 These workshops according to the project implementation policy officially introduced WASH activities as part of the Health Club Curriculum. Communities are sensitized and encouraged to provide hand washing equipment to their school so as to improve on basic hygiene and sanitation habits.

 We have continued having working sessions with individual Health Clubs to introduce new Health Related games which could be used for greater impact.

 Follow Ups:As the main objective of our program being behavioral change, we want to keep track of our former Health Scouts who have already graduated from primary school and are now in secondary school. We are creating an Alumni Network that will serve as a bridge between the Primary and secondary school health clubs. The purpose is to have the secondary school Health Scouts be mentors to the primary school Health Scouts. We believe that this project impact will be more effective if the youths are directly involved as actors in project execution.

 A system has been created where Health Club coordinators are able to report directly to the Knowledge for Children Health Officer. Through these reports, Knowledge for Children is more informed and updated by the situation out in the field and can improve where need be.

Conclusion:

We hope to create a healthy environment by working with our youths for better healthy practices. The saying here goes “A Healthy Mind Can Only Be in a Healthy Body”

 Appreciation:

We will endlessly continue to extend our heart felt gratitude to all those who have and are still giving their financial and moral support to help us bring more healthy habits to primary school children so as to create an HIV Free Generation in the North West Region of Cameroon. Life is a learning process so any information or advice you may bring to help will be genuinely received. we need your suggestions and we need you to spread the word!

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