AF7 -Child-friendly risk education

Activity factsheets

No.7

Child-friendly risk education

What is it?

Child-friendly Risk Education seeks to support the children learning process of basic safety messages. RE must be tailored for children according to their age groups (6-11 and 12-17 years old), taking into account what material and messages can be used and what is the best way for children to learn and memorize safety messages. Location and time are crucial elements.

target
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Children from 6 to 11 and from 12 to 17 years old.

What FOR?

Specific child-friendly factsheet and tools have been developed to answer the fact that often, the impact of RE, if not adapted, is lower with children, and the adult format of session can be traumatic to them. Risk Education for children aims at teaching in a friendly way safe behaviours to adopt when living in mine/ERW-contaminated areas or when threatened by arms in general, to reduce the risk of accidents. Children are often the most at-risk groups because of their natural curiosity and their lower capacity to understand and analyse dangerous vs. safe situations.

How?

Child-friendly activities can be co-developed with teachers, social/youth workers, national/local authorities (Ministry of Education) as well as with the children themselves (child-to-child), to foster their participation and interest in the matter. They can be combined with a direct Risk Education group session (See Factsheet 6 – Risk education sessions), tailored for each age group. Child-friendly activities are conducted by qualified and trained people (See Factsheet 5 – Risk education training), using mostly participatory methods. They can be implemented in schools, public spaces, and child-friendly spaces (CFS). Activities duration (20 minutes to an hour) must be adapted to the local context and age groups, and the number of children participants should be kept as low as possible (i.e. maximum 20 to 25 people for RE group sessions), to optimise audience control and memorization process. RE child-friendly activities are often developed in contexts where populations are suffering of psychological trauma (conflict/post conflict) so we recommend as much as possible to request and include the support of PSS officers all along this activity implementation.

Process

Tailor appropriate Child-friendly RE activities

Required documents

  • HI RE SOP including Child-friendly related activities
  • Tailored Child-friendly activities curriculum
  • IEC Child-friendly material production workshop’s report & related material/prototype produced

Validation

Internal: Technical Advisors assess if Child friendly RE activities satisfies quality requirements

MAIN STANDARDS & POLICIES

Methods and operational procedures to conduct RE activities among children must be include into internal SOP – Refer to IMAS 12-10 & and related NMAS.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning references

TIPS

Quality management

Sustainability: Appropriate training for teachers and provision of tailored teacher manual allow quality and sustainability.
Involve Ministry of Education (liaise and get the validation) or other international and local NGO dedicated to children aids (Save the children, War Child, UNICEF, etc.) to get technical support and external quality assessment.

Participation

Involve children into project and activities design and implementation. If relevant and possible with the context (security, sensitivity), encourage community participation by involving parents and by encouraging children to spread messages and develop activities in their community.

Inclusion

Ensure boys and girls can participate equally to activities.
Take into account different types of activities according to gender (i.e. who goes in the field/ to get water, education and socialisation places, etc.).
Ensure involvement of family members in charge of education-related activities.

Communication and advocacy

Train your RE agents into collecting testimonies that show the impact of child-friendly activity for the individual and for the community.

Photo credits

1.Till Mayer