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Promoting a “whole” child approach

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At Nhaka Foundation we have been fortunate to partner with the Zimbabwe Association of Occupational Therapists (ZAOT) for our Health Assessment Program and Parenting Meetings this term. We are excited to be working alongside some of the country’s best Occupational Therapists in addressing some of the developmental, physical, psychological, social, and environmental factors that can affect the functioning of pupils in different ways. This approach makes O.T. a vital part of health care for most children and children in the communities we are serving who might otherwise not have access to this type of interventions. Occupational therapists apply their specific knowledge to enable people to engage in activities of daily living that have personal meaning and value to them. They also consult with the person and the family or care givers through evaluation and treatment to promote the client’s capacity to participate in satisfying daily activities. The occupational therapist’s goal is to provide the client with skills for the job of living, those necessary to function in the community or in the client’s chosen environment.

Occupational therapy (OT) focuses on promoting and enabling people with physical, sensory, or cognitive limitations to be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. O.T. helps children and adults with various needs to boost their cognitive, physical, sensory, motor skills, increase their self-esteem as well as helping them have a sense of accomplishment. Most people think occupational therapy is meant for adults and not for children, after all, children’s occupations are taken for granted.Contrary to this belief, a child’s main job is playing and learning therefore occupational therapists can evaluate children’s skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities then work with the children to design an intervention that promotes participation and engagement in these meaningful occupations.

 

 

So on behalf of Team Nhaka Happy World Occupational Therapy day!

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Training Workshops with School Heads, Teachers In Charge (TICs) and ECD Teachers

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Teacher Training Program

Teacher Training Program

The Team at Nhaka Foundation has been busy with conducting Training Workshops with School Heads, Teachers In Charge (TICs) and ECD Teachers These Training Sessions were held on the 1st, 4th ,5th ,  6th and 7th of this month, July 2016, respectively. The Training Workshops were facilitated by Dr Lee Ann Christenson, an Associate Professor in the Early Childhood Development Department, at Townson University, in the United States, together with the Goromonzi District Trainer Mrs Mushawatu.

Our aims for the ECD Teacher Training Workshops are to increase the capacity of Teachers to enable them to meet the developmental needs of their students. To facilitate dialogue between Teachers concerning teaching techniques as well as to aid Teachers to develop their ability to innovate with media. In addition, our aim with the School Heads and TICs Workshops is to conscientize these individuals on the importance of Early Childhood Development (ECD) and to develop their ability spread awareness about the benefits of ECD to parents and caregivers.

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Team Nhaka celebrates the lives of Children

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On Saturday 28 May 2016, children across the globe will celebrate World Play Day. World Play Day is a day set aside on the International Children’s Calendar to celebrate play by the United Nations.

With the help of various partners and well- wishers Nhaka Foundation is commemorating World Play Day by having a sports day for the Early Childhood Development (ECD) pupils at St Dominic’s Nora Primary School on the 26th of May 2016, at Mwanza Primary School on the 27th of May 2016) and at Dudzu Primary School on the 1st of June 2016 in Mashonaland East Province. Nhaka Foundation as a child welfare focused organisation driven by child education, we are excited because this day commemorates the importance of incorporating play in ECD education.

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