UNICEF was launching a module called ‘Journey of Life’ as part of the Accelerating Protection for Children (APC) project. This program focuses on the Prevention of Harmful Practices and Violence Against Children and Women under the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA). This was financially and technically assisted by UNICEF and European Union.
UNICEF commissioned MDF Training& Consulting to develop the Master Trainers and Core Trainers on the module ‘Journey of Life’. The ToT aims to strengthen institutional capacity and establish a system for child protection with a community-led approach. The experienced and skilled trainers of MDF have conducted the training through interactive and participatory training methodologies and approaches.
Through this ToT, 16 batches of training, 434 master trainers and core trainers, project officers, district and upazila women affairs officers, district-level child officers, teachers or resource persons of Shishu Academy, peer leaders, and field facilitators have been trained. The Master Trainers and Core Trainers are expected to disseminate the training among community people, caregivers, service providers, parents, adolescents, and children to enhance their knowledge and skill in child protection. In addition, the trained Master Trainers and Core Trainers will identify the needs and problems of children which will lead them to support parents, teachers, and community people to strengthen the child protection system by ensuring children and adolescents a safer place, and convenient environment to grow. It is expected that the gained knowledge and skills will lead them to build the strength of the children to cope with difficult situations and support themselves and their peers. In this way, the Master Trainers and Core Trainers are expected to empower at least 250,000adolescents through 2100 adolescent clubs under the APC project.