MIET AFRICA is proud to be partnering with the SADC Secretariat and REPSSI as the latter hosts its third bi-annual Psychosocial Support Forum 2015: Love, Care and Protection from Infancy to Adolescence, taking place in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, from 1-3 September 2015.
The overall aim of this forum is to raise awareness of the need for, and approaches to, providing love, care and protection for girls and boys through the different stages of their development, from infancy to adolescence, and to influence policy and programming at national- and regional-levels. Psychosocial support is critical for children, families and communities to develop resilience and to thrive. It also forms part of the Essential Package of Care and Support adopted by SADC Ministries of Education as part of the Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) Programme.
The forum is a high-level partnership-building platform that brings together stakeholders from regional economic blocks, national governments, civil society, academia, international cooperating partners, media and community implementing partners. As participation is fundamental to psychosocial support, a key event leading to this forum is the Child and Youth Pre-conference, so that the voices of children and youth are heard and acted upon.
The programme includes a rich array of meetings and presentations, including the Child and Youth Pre-conference; plenary sessions; breakaway sessions and panel discussions; skills-building sessions; poster presentations.
To find out more about the forum and programme, visit www.repssi.org