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MUBAS Hosts Afikepo Workshop

News   Joseph Ulemu   September 21, 2021
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The Department of Language and Communications at MUBAS in partnership with UNICEF and FAO has organized a week-long Afikepo training aimed at skills and capacity building to improve nutritional status of district focal persons.

The workshop is being held in ODeL Auditorium Building and will run from 20th – 25th September, 2021. The training is part of activities that have been set by MUBAS in its AFIKEPO Project, a program aimed at helping children develop to their full potential in selected districts in the country.

The program has been run by MUBAS for over ten years now and is supported by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). 

In her opening remarks, the project team leader, Lusizi Kambalame who is also a lecturer at MUBAS said the workshop will provide an opportunity for all facilitators of the program’s objective through Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC)/ Communication for Development (C4D) approach.

“With our development partners, UNICEF and FAO, we want to share skills and knowledge, and build capacity for our participants here. When equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge, we will be able to reach out and teach people to diversify food resources as one way of promoting nutrition in the country” said Kambalame.

Speaking virtually during the event, Representative from UNICEF, Parvina MuhamedKhojaeva, urged participants make the best of the workshop as is not an ordinary training session.

Said MuhamedKhojaeva “During the five days of Afikepo session, skills and knowledge necessary for the program will be shared. I advise my fellow facilitators to acquire and take advantage of this and transform them in their various disciplines of development areas.

The program is operating in Chiradzulu, Thyolo, Kasungu, Salima, Nkhotakota, Nkhata Bay, Mzimba, Karonga and Chitipa districts. 

UNICEF and FAO help in planning and implementing the Afikepo project. They, among other activities, support in multi-sectorial efforts to curb malnutrition among children below 5 years, women of child bearing age, pregnant and lactating women and adolescent girls.

 

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