Material Production Workshop on Inclusive Early Childhood Development: "Innovative Communication for and about Infants and Young children"
Maputo - For the first time in Mozambique, UNICEF and the National Early Child Development Network (R-DPI) together with several Ministries (Education, Health, Gender & Social Action, Public Works) and partners, is organizing an international standard production workshop in developing creative, entertaining children’s media that are inclusive and promote Mozambique’s positive culture and values as well as nurture infant and young children’s holistic care and healthy development.
During this workshop, a wide range of children’s books, TV and radio spots are produced in addition to practical, creative materials for caregivers including families and frontline workers. These materials will specifically present the positive aspects of Mozambican culture as well as positive practices by caregivers, healthcare workers, families with children living with a disability and communities in Mozambique. We hope that the materials will help raise the confidence and competence of all frontline workers and family members to provide a nurturing framework for ALL Mozambican children.
This one-of-a-kind opportunity is bringing together early childhood experts including people with disabilities and best creative talent in the country. The age group of children 0-5 years is one of the largest growing global markets for positive, educational, and we are advocating for a positive “culture of media” among infants and young children and caregivers in Mozambique.
The main Facilitator for this Workshop is Ms. Barbara Kolucki, a long time UNICEF Staff and Consultant and expert with over 30 years’ experience working in Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA helping participants to develop world-class communication. She was the first Program Director for Sesame Street introducing children and adults with disabilities onto the TV show and facilitating Utilization and Mobilization of key partners to enhance children’s learning and holistic skills.
The workshop is taking place in Maputo from 25 - 30 November 2019 and end with a presentation of Mozambique’s “award-winning” books and other children’s media to a larger audience at hotel Radisson Blu.
The Workshop covered all aspects of child development, including the most recent research in neuroscience which emphasizes the critical importance of early bonding, nurturing and support of both men as well as women in a child’s early life and the long-lasting impact of stress, trauma and violence on all aspects of development.
In addition to productions that encourage play, early learning, healthy nutrition and sanitation – there are several assignments that address how caregivers and front-line workers can both prevent and identify harmful behaviors in a child’s life including prejudice (against girls or children with disabilities), violence, unsafe environments and other forms of psycho-social abuse.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.mz.