African Institute for Children Studies
African Institute for Children Studies
Course No.1: Childhood and child development
An in-depth understanding of child development stages and the related vulnerabilities is essential to responsive programming. Furthermore, social-cultural perceptions and contextsgreatly influence the attitudes and behaviors of communities. This course is designed to improve knowledge on evolving capacities of children, the theoretical and practical steps toassess risks and build resilience.
Course No.2: Child rights based approach to programming
Advocacy and service delivery for children rights has moved from a needs based to rights based approach. This is because a rights based approach (RBA) is more effective and sustainable because it recognizes the role of the child and the institutions responsible fortheir protection and welfare. The training explores the international and national frame-work for RBA, the STOP framework and how to monitor.
Course No.3: Legislations, policies, guidelines & advocacy Framework for actors in children sector
Policies and legislations provide the framework for resourcing and enforcing child rights and child protection. They however require regular reviews and updates to make themresponsive. This training provides trainees with knowledge on the international and national legislative framework, essential steps in developing and advocating for newlaws and policies, monitoring implementation of laws and policies.
Course No.4: Developing, implementing and monitoring child safeguarding policy at organizational level
This course is designed for management teams in organizations that interact with children. Content include what and why of organizational child safeguarding policy; the key elements of the child safeguarding policy; steps and tools in developing child safeguarding policy. You will also be supported to develop an organizational child safeguarding policy, the procedure guidelines, code of conduct, reporting tools, training and sensitization manual and monitoring and evaluation framework for the policy.
Course No.5: Training of Trainers in Programming for actors in children sector
Training of adults requires special skills to make it engaging and meaningful. It however requires both skill and knowledge to be an effective trainer for adults. This training covers skills to the graduate to be able to identify learning needs of thetrainees, essential steps in preparing training workshops for adults, developing training teaching aid and role plays, the learning cycles and evaluation.
Course No.6: Monitoring & Evaluation for actors in children sector
Funding and programming for social development is increasingly pegged on evidence of significant change generated by an intervention. This course strengthens individuals’ skills on how to formulate indicators; manage, monitor, and evaluate interventions; identify and document most significant change. It also equips learners with knowledge on the levels of involvement in projects and cost management.
Course No.7: Research methods for actors in children sector
In this course, we seek to empower individuals and institutions to be able to generate research agenda, formulate research questions, select appropriate study designs, sample size determination and sampling procedure; and how to formulate and operationalize units of measurement that pass validity and reliability tests. The course will provide skills on how to present the research results in a systematic manner.
Course No.8: Child Participation & advocacy framework for actors in children sector
Child participation is required in any interventions for their welfare. Meaningful child participation requires knowledge and skills. This course will provide you with tools on how to identify the appropriate methods of engaging children; the ethical considerations to make; steps towards meaningful child participation.
Course No.9: Quality Improvement and Auditing of Programs for Children
This program hosts a range of initiatives to help children sector professionals translate Guidelines, Quality Standards and audit data into improvements in practice. It provides a structured way of improving the process of care leading to an improvement in program outcomes for children.
Course No.10: Child Protection (including Child Protection in Emergency)
Child protection is a right to every child. Every practitioner dealing with children needs a specialized training so that they can have the confidence to respond to children in need. This course is tailored to help participants understand child protection aspects such as preventing child abuse, making children’s right a reality, restoring hope and dignified living and creating an enabling environment for children.
Course No.11: Psychosocial Support and trauma management for Children
Psychosocial support is a service that is increasingly demanded in social interventions. However, varied definition and scope of PSS interventions have been presented, albeit confusing to practitioners. This course is intended for both policy makers and PSS intervention providers. It seeks to clarify the meaning and minimum package of services in a PSS intervention. It expounds on how PSS interventions can be served, measured, monitored and evaluated. It also provides tools for program design, policy interventions and advocacy on PSS.
Course No.12: Child health from rights based perspective
Systematic and context-specific attention is crucial to promote consistency in assessing the value-added of a Rights Based Approaches (RBAs) to child health. Assessment is needed to determine how even well-articulated and well-designed approaches are implemented to ensure rights principles are not ignored or distorted. Organizations committed on paper to RBAs may not have invested sufficiently in institutional transformation, including staff capacity or adaptation of internal processes and checklists, to ensure systematic implementation. This program provides the path to understanding what difference RBAs make to policies, programs and, ultimately, to Child health.
Course No.13: Community Organization and Training for actors in children sector
Course No.14: Children with Disability
Course No.15: Parenting & Coaching Skills (offered by Parenting Coach Institute, US – one year course)
Course No.16: Positive & Alternative Discipline Methods
Disciplining children is one of the most important yet difficult responsibilities of parenting, and there are no shortcuts. It is the foundation for the development of the child’s own self supportive discipline program is about teaching and guiding children, not just forcing them to obey. The goal of effective discipline program is to foster acceptable and appropriate behavior in the child and to raise emotionally mature adults.
Course No.17: Life Skills for Adolescents
Course No.18: Children and gender