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Ese commented on SECURED: Our Village, Our children, Our Hopes!

You're welcome. Looking forward to Rachael's updates.

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Ese commented on SECURED: Our Village, Our children, Our Hopes!

Hi Alex,
Great work on all the research and feedback. It's interesting to see how the program is being perceived by the community and what challenges they envisage. I noticed that efforts have been put into communicating with VHTs , LCs, parents and other interested parties, with a view to getting them involved in mobilizing the community. They pointed out concerns about the unwillingness of people to cooperate and crossing boundaries with children that are not expressly in their care. I am curious and wonder if the assistance of teachers would not be helpful in these circumstances. They enjoy advantages such as:
* already sharing a certain level of rapport with parents,
* spending time with the children and actually knowing them to some extent
*being directly involved in the education of the child and
*being in a unique position where they are allowed within boundaries(e.g the discipline of the child) where other parties are not

Discussions could seek to understand the following:
1. What do teachers expect of parents?
2. What do parents expect of teachers?
3. To what extent are parents willing to get involved in the education of their children and what are the constraints that prevent them from doing so?
4. How much do parents value the views/opinions of their children's teachers?

We could look into other questions but I think some of these might provide insights into the viability of teachers as a channel to reaching and mobilizing the community.

Keep up the good work!

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Ese commented on SECURED: Our Village, Our children, Our Hopes!

Hi Alex, lovely idea you've got here. Perhaps our ideas could feed off each other; would be nice to see where that leads. Looking forward to hearing from you.