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Parenting a midst daily challenges

Many traditional positive child rearing practices are eroding as poor and struggling parents focus on day-to-day survival. Although children are traditionally valued in Uganda and parents are aware of and value positive parenting, early childhood stimulation and development is not well understood and not widely practiced in rural areas of Uganda. In order to support vulnerable parents in rural and urban communities, Plan Uganda identified 5 key parenting practices critical for growth and development of children which are feeding, hygiene and sanitation, play, adult and child interaction, love and respect in family that parents dialogue on during parenting education program to raise happy, intelligent and healthy children.

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Community led action for children approach that Plan Uganda is using is helping unlock the strengths of the community to support child growth and development.  Participation of the vulnerable groups in the development interventions is challenging and needs deliberate strategies or efforts to reach out to them such as home visits, special invitations among others.
 

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Photo of Marika Shioiri-Clark

Love this, thanks so much for sharing Rosemary! Many of the Global Conversations posts from Tanzania and India have also focused on different aspects of your five pillars. One focuses specifically on the importance of finding fun and engaging ways to reframe learning, and mentions a very popular program in India that Galli Galli Sim Sim (the Indian Sesame Street) has launched. Check it out!
https://openideo.com/challenge/zero-to-five/research/new-contribution-1

One other thing that several participants mentioned in their posts was the importance of the role of fathers in raising healthy children. You didn't call this out specifically, but I imagine that it's an issue you deal with at Plan. Here's one of the Global Conversations posts on this topic:
https://openideo.com/challenge/zero-to-five/research/global-conversations-bring-joy-to-fatherhood-too

Thanks again for sharing your work!

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Marika, you are very right with the mention of the importance of fun and engaging entertainment while learning. This is what we try to focus with our TV shows in Kenya - have a look at our page to learn more. We have 3 shows (one for kids, a drama, and a reality TV show about farming) which educates while entertains. Let us know what you think!

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