This program is to specifically develop support for the DDR program (Demilitarization, Demobilization, Reintegration) focused solely on the reintegration part.
The training aims to develop the physical, psychological and social skills of each child and to make them ready to rejoin society (more details to follow).
The program also includes training on the trainers’ activities to guarantee the sustainability of the key part of the program.
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Project Name: Child Soldiers RRP (Rehabilitation and Reintegration Program)
Target: Child soldiers in rehabilitation facilities and young war refugees below 18 years old
Training Time: 3 months full time
Status: Under Development since 2010
The program is presented to the children as a basic health education course. In this way it will be easier to explain to the children why they are taking the course.
The training methodology is a mix of different techniques that will support the children in the transition process they are facing.
- Class discussion
The content of basic health education will be discussed in groups. The purpose of this is to make the children play an active part in the learning process of the content. Each time the teacher introduces a complex subject about the body and health care he or she should always first ask the participants what they already know about the subject and in this way verify if their previous knowledge is correct, all the while inviting the children to join a group discussion. The most effective result will come from the teacher leading the children to the right knowledge rather than of simply telling them.
- Improvisation theatre game.
The aim of this technique is to raise the level of social interaction skills between the children and to develop their creativity. This technique will be also used to enforce the health ability to represent the educational content during the simulation games.
- Coordination and balance games
The coordination and balance games work on a deep body-mind connection level. These set of exercises help to raise attention, develop hand eye coordination and to speed up the brain processes and build new synapses.
- Physical groups interaction (acrobatics)
The aim of this training technique is to make the trainee face the difficulties of reaching a complex physical task dealing with other people. The focus here is on trust and tolerance as well as ability of a clear communication and mutual support
The focus of this technique is to develop self-perception and develop the body potential in the children. Muscle power, balance and elasticity are core parts of this technique. In particular this technique will focus on: muscles, bones, the circulatory system and the respiratory system.
- Creative simulation games (theatre scene)
This technique focuses on group interaction mixed with individual expression. The trainee will use all previous techniques to make an effective scene
This part of the training will be devoted to the children's personal rehabilitation and skills development.
Theory about general anatomy, self perception and self development will be supported by Gymnastic, Balance and Coordination exercises
During the second phase of the training the children will have to start a social rehabilitation process within the group.
Theories about trust, communication and social interaction will be supported by coordination, theatre and acrobalance exercises
The last phase of the program focuses on the reintegration in the social community. The children will have to prepare a performance to address the audience with a theme they like the most.
This will be addressed as a project development class. The children will be involved in all aspects of the performance production learning how to develop their own ideas and realize them in a practical way.
All the techniques learned during the first two parts of the program will be the roots of this last part of the course.
Program evaluation tools
Pretest and post-test – during first and second phase
This document will only evaluate the rising knowledge of the children about general health education content
Personal monitor and evaluation paper – during all training
This paper will follow every single child during all training monitoring the development of his/her physical, psychological and social skills