Training of Caregivers (ToC) Project Launch
EU, UNESWA and Save the Children Launch ToC project
The University of Eswatini (UNESWA) in partnership with Save the Children Eswatini launched the Training of Caregivers nationwide in the Kingdom of eswatini.
The 27 month program launched on Thursday, March 28 at Sibane Hotel is funded by the European Union to address the social concerns in the Kingdom.
The event directed by UNESWA Consultancy and Training Centre (CTC) Director Zanele Dlamini was attended by UNESWA Vice Chancellor Professor Justice Thwala, EU Fillip De Loof, National Children Services Department (NCSD) Director Lucky Ndlovu, Save the Children Executive Director Dumisani Mnisi and relevant key stakeholders including World Food Program, Sebenta, Eswatini Medical Christian University and Young Heroes to mention a few.
The project targeting 4000 caregivers nationwide in the Kingdom of Eswatini will develop a training programme in consultation with government stakeholders to capacitate diverse groups of vulnerable children.
The project will develop and implement a modular training programme at the regional level for diverse groups of caregivers to increase the quality of child protection services and also contribute to the capacity development of the National Children Services department through the training programme for caregivers.
According to MICS 2014, 20.4% of children have lost one or both parents; hence the Kingdom of Eswatini has about 181 000 OVC where 60.1% of them are classified as vulnerable.
According to UNICEF 2018, children without proper adult care are more likely to be abused and exploited; especially those living in rural areas than their urban counterparts.
Orphaned and vulnerable children require various types of support ranging from those things necessary for survival such as food and health care, to those interventions that will provide a better quality of life in the future such as education , psychosocial support , and economic self-sufficiently and as a result, Caregivers struggle to meet their own household basic needs because women in rural Eswatini are responsible for myriad family responsibilities such as sourcing food and water, caring for children, even those who are not their own amongst other things.
The ‘Training of Caregivers’ for OVC nationwide in the Kingdom of Eswatini will build capacity of caregivers in decentralized centers and programmes in the community to deliver social protection in providing care for vulnerable children, with special attention to vulnerable girls.