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Technical Assistance Programme to Combat Child Marriage Arrives in Sofala, Mozambique

In Mozambique, after one year of operation, the Technical Assistance Programme for the Elimination of Child Marriage is expanding to the province of Sofala, covering two districts. This news is important as using the ICDP Programme we focus on combating both violence against children and early unions, which disrupt the comprehensive development of children, their pursuit of dreams and academic aspirations, and consequently, hinder the country’s overall progress.

The programme is already present in 11 districts spanning the provinces of Nampula and Zambézia, and now, Sofala. This expansion serves as a significant benchmark of our performance. In addition, it is a notable achievement that over the past year, we have exceeded the goal of 37 cases per district, with 500 cases being treated in each district.

Early unions represent a cultural challenge that affects many families. Often, young individuals are pressured to marry early in search of improved living conditions. Our programme aims to break this cycle with the involvement of government institutions, community leaders, traditional and religious leaders. We work not only on prevention but also on treating existing cases, referring them to the justice system and reintegrating young women into their families and communities while providing crucial psychological care and support.

This expansion marks a significant stride in our mission to eliminate early unions and ensure a brighter future for the young women of Mozambique. We extend our gratitude for the continued support from our partners, as together, we are making a difference in the lives of young individuals and communities across the country.

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News from Tashkent

The ICDP training in Tashkent has been gradually expanding in 2023.

ICDP trainer, Magdalena Brannstrom sent this report. From the report:

Some of the feedback from the attending parents:

“Before I participated in the course, I had some difficulties with my sons. During the course I started to understand my sons better and I have also learned how to show in different ways my sons that I love them.”

“After attending one of the meetings and learning the guidelines I saw my neighbour’s child teasing and harassing my daughter. And instead of shouting at the child, which is what I would have done before, I started talking in a nice voice: “Stop. look at my daughter. Can you see that she really does not like it? So, it is important that you stop.”  She stopped, but then she started crying. I hugged her and asked her why she was crying. She told me that she missed her mother very much, who is working in Russia. I comforted her.”

“My husband and I are now raising our son together. We discuss how we should do things and so we are learning together how to raise our son”

“I have become calmer and more confident about what I am doing.”

“My child has become less aggressive.”

“I now avoid responding too quickly to conflicting or stressful situations, I often wait to consult with my husband first, so that we can agree on what to do in this or that situation.“    

 “I observe more and I stopped punishing my child.”

“I began finding a common language with my son. I now know how to find a way out of the situation and as a result I started to react more calmly.”

“I became more patient, and began to practice the principles that we talked about at meetings.”

“I have more constructive dialogues with my children, so the atmosphere in the house has become increasingly calmer. “

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National scale implementation starts in the Philippines

The year 2023 has been a great year for ICDP in the Philippines. This year saw the start of the national scale up of the ICDP parenting programme, which is the flagship intervention of the Save the Children’s Child Sensitive Social Protection (CSSP) project. The ICDP programme is being rolled out in close cooperation with the government who approved the scale up and the target group in 2023 are the families that belong to the Pantawid Programme in Region 8 of the country. For more details about this development, read the report by ICDP trainers linked to Save the Childen Philippines.

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ICDP in Bangladesh starts cooperation with UNICEF

During 2023, there has been a new development for ICDP in Bangladesh. After presenting the ICDP programme and the work that has been done so far with it in the country, UNICEF Bangladesh became very interested in collaborating on a new project. To find out more about the developments of ICDP and plans with UNICEF, read the report from October 2023.

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Abidjan workshop

As part of their development activities and to respond to the thorny issue of difficult relationships between children and their parents, the Evangelical and Lutheran Mission in the Ivory Coast and the Norwegian Protestant Mission (MPN) in Senegal, initiated a training of their partners on the International Child Development Program (ICDP) approach.

This training took place, in its first phase, from February 27 to March 3, in Kédougou, in the south-east of Senegal and with participants from both countries.

The second session, which certified participants as ICDP facilitators, took place in Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast, on September 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2023.

Click here to read the full report in English, from the second workshop. Click here to read the report in French.

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Nordic conference

The ICDP Nordic conference took place on 21st and 22nd of September 2023. Report from Merethe Kvernroed:

There were close to 200 participants – mainly from Norway – but quite a few also from our neighboring countries Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Day one was mandatory for trainers in Norway and day 2 was optional. Still, many joined Day 2 as well.

The theme of the conference, “Building robust and resilient relations”, appeared to be one of great interest to many participants. Interestingly, there is a fair amount of public debate around these questions in Norway at present.

We had two keynote speakers who addressed this theme, also with slightly provocative concepts, such as “helicopter parenting” (term used by Line Warholm, a psychologist and writer) and the role of optimal frustration for healthy development  (discussed by psychologist Zemir Popovac, who came to Norway from Bosnia when he was 18 years old).  The combination of these two speakers was very interesting, because Line Warholm stirred the waters, while Zemir Popovac provided some very interesting tools.

Participants had the opportunity to walk and talk on the same theme, including a fun task of creating a photo to illustrate core discussions. The photos were shown as a movie in the plenary session on the following morning.

There were two discussion panels; one on questions relating to universal preventative programming for parents and on the following day there were lively discussions on implementation. After lunch there were mini-workshops that worked on providing practical examples of implementation by sharing experiences from various settings such as: refugees and integration; ICDP for parents in prisons; ICDP implemented in the care of the elderly in Oslo; ICDP in schools (Denmark) and presentations from ICDP Sweden and Finland.

Participants were very satisfied with the content of the conference and felt the various discussions were useful and inspirational for their future work with ICDP.

Here is the link to some of the photos from the conference:

Nordisk ICDP Konferanse 2023 – Robuste relasjoner – ICDP Norge

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Psychologists become ICDP facilitators

As always for me it is my pleasure to share with the ICDP network that this year (2023), together with the Health Secretariat of Boyacá and the ESE Rehabilitation Centre of Boyacá, we completed the training of a new group of professionals.

Twenty-seven psychologists of the Boyacá department received their ICDP certificates as facilitators of the ICDP programme “Tambien soy Persona” (“I am also a person”).

Our enthusiasm for the programme and its implementation all over our department is not waning!

Luis Fernando Lopez Cardozo, Boyacá, July 2023.

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News from Pargas

On this warm late summer’s day here in Pargas, Finland, we are happy to announce 19 new graduates of ICDP basic training (on photo above).

In this group, with professionals from health care and social care working in early childhood education and schools, we have especially discussed the position and perspective of the child. Many deep thoughts and good laughs have accompanied us through the days!

The group was taught by early childhood special education teacher Christel Holmström and family counselling clinical psychologist Petra Zilliacus.

August 2023

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Church leaders give go ahead to ICDP in Ethiopia

Based on the report by Atnaf Berhanu:

Atnaf was in Ethiopia from January to the end of March 2023. During this period, she conducted 3 workshops to create awareness about the ICDP programme and in addition, she held 3 training workshops to form new ICDP facilitators. These workshops were all held in different parts of the country. It was a great effort, particularly as Atnaf continues to expand her work with the ICDP programme on voluntary basis. Despite the lack of financial support, Atnaf is determined to continue because she feels that ICDP is important.

A total of 180 church leaders attended the awareness raising workshops. This effort was very successful and the church leaders decided to have groups of facilitators formed in all 3 areas, as follows:

Shashemene, West Arsi Zone, Oromia Region, 250 km from Addis Abeba

Facilitator level training was given to 22 members of different local churches. There after the trained facilitators recruited parents and ran parent groups. Atnaf provided a support session to this team.

Wolayta Sodo, Southwest of Ethiopia

A group of 55 Church leaders were introduced to the ICDP principles, who found ICDP to be relevant to their congregations and afterwards asked for ICDP training to be conducted for new groups of facilitators; 33 members of different local churches attended the training – part one was accomplished in February and part two in March. Some of the facilitators started to run parent groups immediately after the training. 

Debreberhan, about 120 km northeast of Addis Ababa

A total of 45 church leaders asked for ICDP training to be given to 22 members of their congregations. Part one of the training was given in February, and part two in March. During the training the participants shared their experiences on how they tend to treat their children due to lack of knowledge. After the training some of them said that they asked forgiveness from their children for the way they behaved before receiving ICDP. 

    Continuation of the work in Hawasa

    In Hawasa, a group of previously trained ICDP facilitators have been giving parental guidance to families in their congregations. One local church carried out an evaluation with a group of 31 parents after they attended ICDP. The evaluation was based on the following questions and with following results: 

    Have they benefited from the training: all benefited very much, 1 to some extent. 

    About the impact of the intervention: 24 answered it was very good; 6 said it was medium.

      Was there anything they did not understand: 24 said all was clear, 7 said it was clear to some extent.

      Asked if they will share ICDP with others: 21 said they will share it with others; 9 said they hope to share it with others.

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      ICDP annual report 2022

      With pleasure we share the ICDP report about activities in 2022.