UNICEF Trains Child Protection Facilitators in Kano on Covid-19 Prevention
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kano
As part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus and protect children against it, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has conducted a one-day training for it’s 13 Child Protection facilitators in Kano State on prevention of Covid-19.
The 13, according to UNICEF, will extend the training to facilitators in all the 44 LGAs in the State.
UNICEF Kano, Chief of Field Office, Mr Maulid Warfa, said in his remarks at the training on Wednesday, that the training was crucial to boost the capacity of the facilitators in order to achieve the set goals.
He tasked the facilitators on sending the right message in their respective areas of coverage, saying that children needed to be protected against coronavirus across the globe.
In his presentation, UNICEF Communication for Development Specialist in Kano, Dr Ogu Enamako, highlighted that the training was vital in view of the effect of the scourge on the world.
He explained that Kano could use the existing structures used for polio fight, to strategize for campaign against the COVID-19 spread and containment.
Enamako noted that the aim of the training was to provide a platform for convergence of ideas and information on COVID-19 prevention in Kano.
According to him, “we aim to promote understanding of the COVID-19 and how to approach it.
“We also want do deepen participants’ understanding of social norms in the context of COVID-19 and how to address them”.
In another presentation, the Manager, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project, Mr Rafiq Salih, tasked the facilitators on sending the right message.
He explained that it was best to send a precise message to the communities in order to get the desired effect.
He urged the facilitators to utilise the skills acquired from the training to communicate effectively at local levels where they operate.
Maryam Jallo, who is one of the participants, said that she had taken a lot of communication skills from the training, which would improve her work in her local government of coverage.