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Child development and Play- Emma's Journey in Zambia

November 12, 2017

 

 

 

 

"There is a core team of Children’s support staff who work with the children throughout the day and each night. Part of my role here has been to devise and provide training that meets the needs of the service. My main priority regarding the training is that it is accessible for staff and meaningful. By taking a needs based approach and working in active partnership with the staff, we have completed a six-week programme on Child Development and Play. Because of low educational attainment and their own previous experiences of education, it was important that the training supported staff to be active participants in their own learning. Access to translation as also key. From one-one-one meetings with the staff in my first number of weeks in my role, staff informed me that they had been thought as children to be seen and not heard, don’t challenge your teacher, the teacher is always right etc – reminding me of Paulo Freire’s concept of ‘Educational Banking’. I wanted them to experience a new way of learning.  My goal was for the staff to build confidence around the topics and begin to challenge me as a facilitator – ask questions, offer different examples, problem solve and to realise that EVERYBODY has something to contribute."

I used a lot from our Aistear Programme for the Child Development and Play module!

 

 

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