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.
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,
 
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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!

Jan 17, 2013

20 more schools added, thanks to you!

With the main objective of creating HIV/AIDS and Malaria awareness amongst primary school pupils by actively involving the health scouts in the fight against HIV/AIDS and Malaria, the Health Club project has continued to achieve remarkable progress under the Motto: “Good Health For Quality Education”.  Last year saw the initiation, execution and the evaluation of the pilot phase of this project and given the success achieved, 20 more schools have been enrolled to benefit from this project. We are also moving to the North of Cameroon, extending to schools there.

We are also hiring! bringing in devoted individuals to enhance our work.

A system has also been created tomake maximum usage of the material donated to the health club like the HIV
Action readers and the Love Check Game which is an HIV Prevention game.  During the visits by the Knowledge for Children team for the launching of the Health Clubs, we spend alot of time with the Health Club Coordinators and the Health Scouts educating them on how to make the clubs more effective, we focus more on demonstrating how to play the love check game. This game is a great tool to facilitate interactive HIV education and well as break the silence about HIV since players are stimulated to discuss HIV related issues. We believe that this game will have a great positive impact in HIV Education in the communities where we work. Wehave also designed a Health toolkit which covers a wide range of health issues that will help a lot to build the capacity of the heal club coordinators.World AIDS DAY 2012!

  The Health scouts Knowledge for Children joint the population of Jakiri Subdivision in the North West Region of Cameroon to celebrate the international World AIDS Day on the 1st of December 2012 to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic.The clubs that were represented presented a lot of activities ranging from drama, songs, poems, traditional dances, debates and much more. These
activities covered a wide range of topics like, Knowing Your HIV Status,Preventing HIV, Experiences from HIV Action Readers, Caring for Someone Livingwith HIV, Fighting Against Stigma and Discrimination, Dialogue Between parents and children on HIV, Supporting orphans.  It was so much fun to watch these children present their activities with a lot of self esteem.   All our thanks goto the Health Club Coordinators who have always worked to help these children create more HIV/AIDs awareness. 

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 habit 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.

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