PAN overview- For Country chapter round tables in 2013


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PAN overview- For Country chapter round tables in 2013

  1. 1. Highlights - PAN 02/09/2013 1
  2. 2. GENERAL OVERVIEW OF PAN  Parenting in Africa Network (PAN) consists of organizations, individuals and institutions keen to promote skilful parenting practices in Africa, for the overall wellbeing of children and families.  A majority of active membership is spread across Eastern and Southern Africa, but we are working towards gaining ground into North, Central and West Africa. 02/09/2013 2
  3. 3. VISION / MISSION Vision  A society where Children are Parented and Empowered to Reach their Full Potential. Mission  To facilitate and enable member organizations address policies and practices within their communities, through specific parenting issues that affect African families. 02/09/2013 3
  4. 4. VALUES  Believe in working and learning through mutual collaboration and a multi-stakeholder approach that is committed to a similar vision.  Are not afraid to challenge views, practices and approaches that negatively affect children and impact on their wellbeing.  Are committed to maintaining high ethical standards, integrity and transparency to our partners and member organizations in the network.  Respect and embrace cultures, faiths, traditions and beliefs that support families to nurture and care for their children. 02/09/2013 4
  5. 5. COMMITMENT  Acknowledging that parenting is most important in ensuring child wellbeing  Recognizing that there is a limited source of credible materials and information on parenting education and support in Africa,  PAN is committed to provide forums and platforms for learning and sharing information regarding parenting with skills, and knowledge, in order to safeguard children. 02/09/2013 5
  6. 6. PROGRAMS  Research  Learning and advocacy through partnerships  Pilot evidence based parenting education programs 02/09/2013 6
  7. 7. STRATEGIES  Documentation and dissemination  Interactive learning and sharing forums  Periodic newsletter  Strategic partnerships  PAN membership structure  Social media 02/09/2013 7
  8. 8. CURRENT ACTIVITIES 1. Developing 2013 annual theme Adolescents with parenting responsibilities  Round table meetings with country chapter members  Collaboration with universities-KU  2013 regional conference on parenting: Malawi 2. Indigenous knowledge on parenting from African culture 3. Triple P parenting approach survey and pilot 4. Integrating parenting education and ECD 5. Review of the AU plan of action for the family. 02/09/2013 8
  9. 9. THEMATIC FOCUS  Legal and advocacy – the need for and implementation of laws and policies that directly address family strengthening. Activities and programs under the theme address gaps, highlights successes to bring attention to the need for family strengthening.  Education and training –informs development and adaptation of evidence based parenting education approaches, materials and training manuals. Largely in collaboration with PAN’s strategic partners and members. Linking and learning activities will bring together partners and members for experience sharing and further actions for pilot programs or adaptation of lessons learned among members. 02/09/2013 9
  10. 10. CONT…  Research and documentation- this theme is about the research activities of PAN and is guided by the PAN research agenda which informs annual/periodic research activities. Outcomes of research activities contribute a lot to advocacy efforts in Africa and beyond and ensure PAN is indeed and authority on parenting support.  Psychosocial support –this theme informs programs designed/adapted to benefit parents through training and education. Piloting various approaches for parenting education and support will progress to scaling up through partnerships and collaborations with member organizations 02/09/2013 10
  12. 12. WHY COUNTRY CHAPTERS  Better structure in achieving mission & vision  Interest more organizations for membership  Accelerated advocacy at government levels  More focus to country specific issues  Better coordination of PAN activities  Established as part of governance structure for the Network–general assembly, representation at the governing board etc. 02/09/2013 12
  13. 13. BECOME A MEMBER Regional platform for advocacy for the need for skilful parenting in Africa  Benefit from information, materials and resources for your advocacy work  Receive and contribute to the PAN e-newsletter/ PAN website  Contribute to periodic surveys, research & documentaries  Information exchange with other PAN members through the Parenting Discussion forum.  Participate in PAN conferences, regional events & activities.  Partnership possibilities with members & partners in advocacy of Skilful Parenting at national & regional levels.  Exposure of your organization’s profile in PAN membership database  Opportunity to promote your programs, services and vacancies on PAN’s website- quarterly featured member.  Receive regular updates on parenting issues in Africa. 02/09/2013 13