ISSA and UNICEF together training home visitors
CEE/CIS Regional Training of Master Trainers - Training Home Visitors to Support Families for Child Health, Development and Protection ISSA is pleased to report that in partnership with UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS, two parallel, five-day “Training of Master Trainers in the regional ECD Resource Modules for Home Visitors”, in both Russian and English, were successfully delivered in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia. Over the past two years, regional Resource Modules were developed jointly by UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS, ISSA, and experts from the International Technical Advisory Group on Home Visiting for Young Child Wellbeing. Fourteen resource modules were shaped to guide the development of pre- and in-service training curricula for home visitors and educational materials. The resource modules define the expanded role of home visiting professional and provide evidence-based knowledge and tools for working with families on early child development by engaging them more effectively to improve young children’s wellbeing, prevent child maltreatment and recognize developmental difficulties. The Resource Modules focus on early childhood development, attachment, responsive parenting, and dealing with common parenting issues. Engaging fathers more effectively, improving home safety, preventing and dealing with child abuse and neglect, and preventing and identifying developmental difficulties are also important components of the resource package. During the ‘Training of Master Trainers’, 41 national training experts from 13 countries (Albania, Belorussia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Uzbekistan), delegated by their respective UNICEF Country Offices, had an opportunity to learn from each other and from international expert trainers within and across linguistic groups. The participatory techniques to facilitate adult learning, which had been demonstrated by the trainers, were subsequently adapted and successfully employed by Russian and English speaking practice teams which included the Master Trainers. International experts and the peer audience watched creativity unfold during the 50 minute training sessions, each of which addressed a priority from one of the resource modules. The levels of satisfaction with the content, the degrees of participation, and skills gained during the training were all scored remarkably high. All but one participant ranked this training as excellent, and comments included “[a] perfect cocktail of knowledge, skills, collaboration and fun”, “the trainers created an excellent learning environment and atmosphere” and “an excellent opportunity to share experiences between countries and professionals from different fields”. We anticipate that, in the coming months, the Resource Modules will be finalized and shared with a broader audience.