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Ideas for MECPU: Nurturing growth between male community members and children through more than just storytelling, such as physical or musical education. Asides from nurturing education amongst children and seeing improved rates in that field, how will the development and encouragement of such roles amongst male figures be assessed?

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Asides from storytelling, how else can/will male figures be used to help nurture an educational relationship with the children? This is a leading qeustion I have with regards to determining other ways to make this idea more successful. Perhaps musical and physical education can also be emphasized and stressed more. It may lead to less anxiety among male figures uncertain of their own abilites in a literal field or storytelling, whether written or oral.
Also, will there be studies to assess how self esteem is being developed in these male figures themselves as they go through this process? This relationship can also benefit the male figure themselves and this should be studied to see how it benefits additinal members of the community and makes this great idea more lasting.

Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?

For communities in Central and North Western Uganda. MECPU

How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?

1. Examine existing educational relationships and compare them with relationships where there is a lack of a male figure. 2. Ask male figures in the community how they feel they could best contribute to fostering an educational relationship. 3. Find out what the males would be most pre-disposed to doing, engaging in, or sharing, in terms of the talents and gifts they have, that they would like to impart to younger members of the community.

What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?

Expert advice from MECPU and the researchers living in the area.

Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?

  • This idea is meant to inspire. I hope someone else takes it on!


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