Partnership Promotes Better Connections between Mothers and Adolescent Girls
31 August 2012, Phnom Penh- The Ministry of Women’s Affairs, with technical and financial support from UNESCO, organized a training of trainers under the Creating Connections Programme in Kampong Cham province from 6 to 10 August 2012. Twenty-five officials and trainers from three Provincial Departments of Women’s Affairs of Kampong Cham, Kampong Thom and Svay Reing participated in the training. The Creating Connections national trainers from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC) coordinated the training.
The main objective of the training was to equip participants’ with knowledge and skills to deal with sensitive issues related to sex and sexuality and to strengthen their confidence and capacity to conduct trainings under the “Creating Connections Programme.” The course also provided the evidence that supported the arguments for the importance of delivering sexuality education for adolescent girls.
“Creating Connections is a programme that aims to enable adolescent girls and their mothers to comfortably talk about issues related to gender, relationships and sex. The Creating Connections programme provides information and life-skills around issues such as puberty, growing-up, relationships, dating, sexuality, pregnancy prevention, gender rights, alcohol use and parent-to-adolescent communications,” said Ms. Hou Nirmita, the director of Women and Health Department of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.
During the five-day course, the participants actively engaged in different activities and exercises using the practical, participatory tools and materials provided by the trainers. They engaged in conversations about issues related to sexuality and well-being development of adolescent girls. They acquired techniques and skills to facilitate dialogue to challenge the appropriateness of different approaches to sex education for each diverse target groups.
“The course provided an excellent opportunity for both national and sub-national trainers to lead, adapt and deliver the curriculum in Khmer language. “I really enjoyed the interactive and participatory training methodology employed throughout the training course, reflecting the pedagogy used in the Creating Connections programme. At the end of the course, we have come up with the proposed provincial plans for delivering the Creating Connections programme goals with respective community groups. I am happy and ready to lead my provincial trainers to implement this programme,” said Ms. Thon Kimsrorn, Office Chief of Kampong Cham Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs and a participant of the ToT.
The Ministry of Women’s Affair had been part of the regional initiative for wider implementation of the Creating Connections programme since 2010. After hosting the Asia Pacific Regional Training of Trainers in Siem Reap in early 2011, in Siem Reap City, the Ministry had organized the first ever National ToT at the country level to fully develop a team of national trainers for supporting and implementing this programme. The Ministry has been committed to delivering the courses at the sub-national and commune levels by enhancing the technical capacity of local trainers.
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