Program covid 19

Encouraging behavioral change to reduce the infection of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), through educational programming that focusses on families

The development of a training program which encourages behavioral change in a humanitarian setting or a refugee camp to reduce the infection of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), through educational programming that focusses on families (young children and their parents), the participants’ characteristics and their behavior.

Objectives

Through this program we will:

  • Develop a training program, manual and support materials for trainers, with an emphasis on how to train educators on methods that help children and their families change their behaviors using an animated character called TOTO and play based activities
  • Develop a research survey to capture educators’ characteristics, learning behaviors, and motivation to become a leader and role model in changing behaviors within their community specifically for the reduction of Covid-19
  • Measure the impact the training has on participants behaviors, parents’ behaviors and children’s behavior that can be implemented in other humanitarian settings

Program

This program will train educators and community leaders on how to teach parents and children behavioral habits through effective learning methodologies for young children. Children will then act as agents of change, influencing their families and communities, effectively increasing the prevention of the coronavirus and creating healthier communities.

We propose creating a training program, as well as develop a guidebook and support materials including videos which accompany the training sessions, and which can be used for early childhood educators, community leaders, teachers, parents and community workers on how to teach children healthy behavioral practices. We will develop the manual and content based on our experience, incorporating practical activities that can be implemented for children to learn key messages on the prevention of Coronavirus. We will then deliver the training of trainers’ program for a group of Master Trainers, who will in turn train educators and community leaders, creating a mass of trainers who will learn methodologies on how to teach behavioral change to young children. All trainers will then meet with parents and children to teach them activities and how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Finally, we propose to also conduct research during this program which will validate the effectiveness of the training of trainer program, using a quantitative research approach through questionnaires (given before and at the end of the educational program) and by short surveys (obtained from participants’ feedback after each meeting).

Outcomes

Changed behaviors among program participants (teachers and leaders), parents and children who have participated in the program. We also anticipate to encourage behavioral change of the participants’ family (their own parents and children) and their close related friends and communities. Their changed behavior will prevent the spread of the Coronavirus by understanding the importance of activities such as washing your hands, sneezing in your elbow, not touching your face, social distancing, avoiding large crowds, and staying at home.

A successful program will focus on setting healthy routines so that the messages are clear and consistent for children in all parts of their daily lives. It will also have a wider impact on families and communities as a whole, as children are perceived as ‘agents of change’ who will spread the healthy messages to their families and friends.

Sketches of a character we will use called Toto, as a puppet to teach children about the Coronavirus.