Cognitive and emotional stimulation through parent involvement and appropriate nutrition in the first years of life may determine the future trajectory of a child’s development.
Acquiring learning through the school system can be a challenge at the best of times, but has been even more difficult during the pandemic as schools have closed down for an extended period of time. Working with PATH, an American NGO, on a project funded by the Hilton Foundation, h2n has produced a series of short videos and radio programs to help address issues of child development during the Covid-19 pandemic, helping parents help their children to cope while staying at home and make them feel safe, loved and engaged during uncertain times.
“These videos, which were scripted by PATH and produced by h2n, give parents practical tips on how to engage their children in learning activities, even if they are not in school, using simple everyday activities and props,” explains Isabel Jorge, h2n video and television producer. The series of videos has been approved by MOH for nationwide distribution, and the videos and the radio programs are already being disseminated.
“One of h2n’s less known strategic objectives is to help parents adopt behaviors that contribute to the healthy development of their children,” says Sergio Chusane, h2n executive director, himself a champion of early childhood development.
“Our focus is at the community level, and our goal is to integrate early childhood development into other activities, whenever it makes sense,” explains Chusane. h2n works with community-based communication, produces television programs and videos, organizes youth centers and pursues a comprehensive gender equality agenda.