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Facilitators trained in MAP empowerMENt programme at 5-day workshop

Facilitators trained in MAP empowerMENt programme at 5-day workshop

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On Friday, November 4, 2011, the final day of the Training of Facilitators Workshop for the MAP empowerMENt programme was held at the new Bank of St. Vincent Building.{{more}} The first four days of the workshop were held at the Ministry of Health conference room from October 31 to November 3, 2011.{{more}}

The vision of the MAP empowerMENt programme is to create a national movement in SVG to empower men to live healthy lives, using a holistic methodology. Thirty facilitators, community leaders, and Peace Corps volunteers participated in the workshop. Participants were trained on topics including facilitation skills and behaviour change communication. Facilitators learned creative methods to facilitate male outreach sessions dealing with sexual and reproductive health, relationships, gender-based violence, HIV and STI’s, and stigma and discrimination.

The workshop was conducted with minimal use of lecture and PowerPoint presentations. The MAP empowerMENt programme focuses on using interactive, fun training methods, including energizers, role-playing, group discussions and games. Based on a survey conducted at the conclusion of the workshop, over 90 percent of participants reported an increased ability to conduct HIV prevention activities.

On the final day of the workshop, the facilitators broke into 3 teams to focus on the next steps in the project. The first MAP empowerMENt outreach sessions will occur in Barrouallie, Green Hill, and at the SVG Coast Guard in Calliaqua. A training manual has been designed for the programme to assist the facilitators in delivering workshops to the communities.

The project is being led by the Youth Affairs Department, part of the Ministry of National Mobilisation, Social Development, The Family, Persons with Disabilities, Youth, Sports and Culture. The Training of Facilitators workshop was funded by UNFPA of Barbados. The upcoming outreach sessions will be funded by a USAID grant, administered by the US Peace Corps and by local in-kind contributions.

For more information on the programme, send an email to [email protected] or contact the Youth Affairs Department at 456-1087.

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