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Say and Play

Janine Schooley, Project Concern International

CORE Spring Meeting, April 28, 2010



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  • Say and Play Janine Schooley, MPH Senior Vice President of Programs Project Concern International
  • Background
    • About 1.2m Zambian children experienced death of at least one parent due to HIV epidemic
      • Greater risk of abuse due to vulnerability
    • Psychosocial support (PSS) often not available until primary school
      • Psychosocial damage may be extensive
      • Adverse effects well into adulthood
    • USAID and PCI identified that most orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) programs focus on older OVC
  • Development Process
    • Rapid assessment in May 2008
      • Looked at services available for young children, particularly OVC under-7 years old
      • Health, nutrition and child protection are being provided
      • Psychosocial support largely overlooked for young children
  • Development Process
    • Formative Assessment in September 2008
      • Informed the design and implementation strategies of appropriate PSS for OVC under-7 in Zambia
      • Conducted 3 focus group discussions with 15 early childhood development (ECD) teachers and home-based care (HBC) caregivers to identify relevant topics
      • Held 2 brainstorming discussion forums local implementing partners to critically review suggested formats
    • Results of Formative Assessment
      • ECD teachers and HBC caregivers are ideal persons to provide PSS services for young children
      • Difficult topics include child sexual abuse and death
      • Need for a straightforward, interactive tool that engages children and adults
      • Questions for adults should have an aspect of community mobilization
  • Development Process
    • Pilot tested initial drafts
      • Mongu: 7 ECD Teachers
      • Lusaka: 7 HBC Caregivers
      • Chongwe: 7 community members from Neighborhood Watch Committees, Women’s Groups and Parent Community School Committees (PCSC)
      • Over 100 children and adults participated
    • Results of pilot tests
      • Ensured questions, stories, games and pictures are culturally and age appropriate
      • Refined community mobilization aspect of questions for adults
      • Found that adults listened to young children
      • Activities are even enjoyed by older children
  • Development Process
    • Technical reviews with local and international child experts
      • Ensured the content is appropriate for young children and supports their psychosocial needs
    • Constantly worked hand-in-hand with ECD teachers, HBC caregivers, PCSC members and community action groups to create a user-friendly tool
  • Key Persons
    • Dr. Jonathan Brakarsh: author of the Journey of Life series by REPSSI, and a child psychologist living and working in Zimbabwe
    • Artists
      • Derrick Nasando: Picture codes, based in Lusaka, Zambia
      • Mashet Ndhlovu: Poster pictures, based in Harare, Zimbabwe
    • Margo Bedingfield: Graphic Designer in France
    • Dapeg Pvt Ltd: Printer in Lusaka, Zambia
  • Say and Play
    • Includes:
      • Pictures- questions for children and adults about important issues in the lives of children under-7
      • Stories- from adults who care for children and from children themselves about specific situations that need attention
      • Games- encourage children to participate and to express their views on issues relevant to their lives
      • Information cards- provide knowledge and skills for adults who take care of young children
      • Poster and playing cards- help children and adults identify how children should be cared for and take action to improve children’s lives
  • Say and Play
    • Topics
        • What do children need to grow?
        • Helping young children with their problems
        • Children on their own
        • When the caregiver is sick
        • Talking to children about death
        • Our hopes
        • Caring for young children
    • Information cards for adults
        • The holistic care checklist (Topic 1)
        • Child sexual abuse (Topic 2)
        • How to talk to children about death (Topic 5)
        • Parenting (Topic 7)
  • Say and Play
    • Full Say and Play package:
      • The Say and Play manual which includes information cards, games, pictures and stories
      • 6 colorful A3 size pictures
      • 1 A2 size poster
      • A set of 11 playing cards
      • 1 carrying bag
  • Next Steps
    • Training of facilitators
      • When: April 27-28, 2010
      • Where: PCI Office in Kabulonga
      • Who: Project officers in Lusaka
      • Why: Train project officers to conduct a Say and Play training for their partners
    • Dissemination through various networks
      • CORE Group meeting at the end of April
      • OVC-related listservs
  • Accessing Say and Play
    • Order
      • Dapeg Pvt Ltd in Kabulonga
      • Each copy costs $25.47
      • Phone: 264333 or 0966750463
      • Email: dapeg@zamnet.zm
    • Website: www.ProjectConcern.org/SayAndPlay
      • Provides background information on Say and Play
      • Download the manual
        • Manual contains all the pictures, stories, games, questions and information cards
      • Training guidelines
        • Especially for countries where PCI is not present
    • Contact PCI
      • Amy Tiwari: amy@pcizambia.org.zm
    • Thank you!