Education  Fiji Project #50703

Education and Public Health In Fiji

by GVI Charitable Programs
Education and Public Health In Fiji
Education and Public Health In Fiji
Education and Public Health In Fiji
Education and Public Health In Fiji
Education and Public Health In Fiji
Education and Public Health In Fiji
Education and Public Health In Fiji
Education and Public Health In Fiji
Education and Public Health In Fiji
Education and Public Health In Fiji
Education and Public Health In Fiji
Education and Public Health In Fiji
Education and Public Health In Fiji
Education and Public Health In Fiji
Education and Public Health In Fiji
Education and Public Health In Fiji

Education 

The Early Childhood Education project focus on working with children 4 years of age and under in the villages of Nasinu, Silana and Nataleira a total of 43 children, facilitating learning through play sessions that support the development of skills in key developmental areas – cognitive, emotional, social and physical. Each village is visited twice a week; one-morning session focusing on cognitive learning and one-afternoon session focusing on social and physical learning. 

In April we will start the project again after a two-year closure due to  COVID. We are busy putting together educational resources packs to aid the volunteers in teaching. Each pack is designed around a theme i.e cars, balls. Then the volunteer will plan the lessons for three days using the resources packs. They will be assisted by a local community member who will help them plan and deliver the lessons. 

To ensure a holistic approach, we also delivered short courses for caregivers communicating the importance of Early Childhood Development and how children can be supported at home, focusing on the importance of parental involvement in the development of language and communication skills; motor skills; collaboration; and problem-solving. Sharing ideas on productive play and involvement with children, including creating activities and making toys that promote cognitive development. These sessions are run alongside the playgroup sessions this allows parents to attend while their children are enjoying learning and playing with their friends.

Public Health:

The main goal of the project is to support the functions of the District Nurse that are essential for both productivity and improving health and wellness. And provides support to increase the self-efficacy of 15 community health workers (CHWs) to be productive health providers within their communities that span between Dawasamu District and Bureiwai District. It is well-established that the CHWs are crucial to both optimizing quality of care and addressing increased patient volume.  GVI aides in human resources management and supporting CHW service delivery and encourage District Nurse role in continuous learning opportunities for her staff. All efforts aim to achieve the vision “The best medicine of all is to teach people not to need it.” A community health worker (CHW) is a community liaison between the village they live in and the district nurse. 

Over the next few months, we will start working with the communities of Dawasamu again, after meeting with the Dawasamu District Nurse one area she as asked us to focus on is nutrition, focusing on the diseases that can occur due to a poor diet, how this can affect a child's learning potential and growth. Resources are being created to assist with workshops which are designed to be interactive to ensure that workshops are interesting and enjoyed by all who take part. 

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The Early Childhood Education project focus on working with children under 5 years of age in the villages of Nasinu, Silana and Nataleira a total of 43 children, facilitating learning through play sessions that support the development of skills in key developmental areas – cognitive, emotional, social and physical. Each village is visited twice a week; one-morning session focusing on cognitive learning and one afternoon session focusing on social and physical learning.

To ensure a holistic approach, we also delivered short courses for caregivers communicating the importance of Early Childhood Development and how children can be supported at home, focusing on the importance of parental involvement in the development of language and communication skills; motor skills; collaboration; and problem-solving. Sharing ideas on productive play and involvement with children, including creating activities and making toys that promote cognitive development. These sessions are run alongside the playgroup sessions this allows parents to attend while their children are enjoying learning and playing with their friends.

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The importance of early childhood development is gaining prominence in Fiji, which offers opportunities to develop the programme in line with emerging Government initiatives. Minister of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa, noted that the inclusion of early childhood development in the SDGs obliges Fijian Government to ensure that the youngest citizens get the best start in life, and the government has consistently invested a large part of the national budget in the education sector.

 

It has been highlighted that access to Early childhood education (ECE) can provide children who have been marginalized by poverty, ethnicity, disability, location or gender, the means to engage in academics and achieve better for the future.

 

One part of our early childhood development project is an introduction to early childhood development  to provide caregivers /community members with information on developmental milestones .The workshops focus on the importance of parental involvement in early childhood development in relation to the development of language and communication skills; motor skills; collaboration; and problem-solving.

 

Key Aspects of Effective Learning:

 

  • Playing and exploring - Promotes engagement: Finding out & exploring,playing with what they know,being willing to try.
  • Active learning - Promotes motivation:Being involved & concentrating,resilience in trying,enjoying achieving what they set out to do.
  • Creating and thinking critically - Promotes cognitive thinking:Having their own ideas,choosing ways to do things,making links .



It also covers the benefits of good nutrition on early development. 

 

The workshops  complement and build upon established workshops delivered by volunteers on the Community Project at the local Mothers and Babies clinic. 

 

The main goal is capability building with care-givers that shares ideas on productive play and involvement with children, including creating activities and making toys that promote cognitive development and encourages the continuation of learning and family bonding at home. We are looking forward to getting this part of the project up alongside the “Learning Through Play” projects in the communities of Nasinu , Silana and Nataleira villages .

 

Our ongoing efforts have been bolstered by your generous support and we are deeply grateful for your contribution. 

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Dear Supporters,

Fiji Dawasamu Health Programme began in January 2018 with the long-term objective to assist the local District Nurse on the health issues concerning the District of Dawasamu in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s annual objectives for this District. One area of focus is the capacity development of community health workers.  A community health worker is a community liaison between the village they live in and the district nurse. The community health worker is trained to provide basic first aid and inform their village about various issues that affect them and relay feedback to the district nurse about concerns such as an infection outbreak or a sick elderly person. Community health workers minimise the challenges that may arise due to the lack of access to health services and/or lack of transportation. 

The main goal of our collaborative project is to support the functions of District Nurse that are essential for both productivity and improving health and wellness.  We collaboratively  provide support to increase the self-efficacy of 14 community health workers to be productive health providers within their communities that span between Dawasamu District and Bureiwai District.

 A key objective is assisting in creating and facilitating workshops to help build confidence and target areas in which community health workers would like to further develop their skills and knowledge. This is not only about professional development but also about personal development. These workshops included activities that improved personal strength, communication and professional development awareness for the very valued community health workers. Including a personal development review which allows them to understand their strengths and limitations and plan out their future development. These types of workshops boost their confidence which has started to show when they are conducting their weekly one on one health sessions with community members plus facilitating workshops at a Health and Wellbeing Community Roadshow.

It is well-established that a community health worker is crucial to both optimizing quality of care and addressing increased patient volume. It is part of a District Nurse’s role to seek continuous learning opportunities for her team. Together they work hard to establish and maintain an environment that promotes positive well-being by providing information, activities, and assistance designed to support healthy life choices within their communities.

It has been well-recognised by the Department of Health in Fiji that our collaborative project has strengthened health care support within the area, and we hope you enjoyed learning about our work and continue to stay engaged with and support our project. Together we  can work towards strengthening healthcare support locally and  improving  the communities access to it, through continued learning and development opportunities for the community health team.

Your ongoing support is invaluable to the project and that objective - thank you once again!



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GVI Charitable Programs

Location: The Woodlands, TX - USA
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Stephanie toe Water
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