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Training of Trainers for Ethiopia Safe Space Programme

IPE Africa | News | October 01, 2016 IST

Training of Trainers for Ethiopia Safe Space Programme

Government of Ethiopia (GoE) is developing a new programme to support adolescent girls, aged 11-14 years old, to engage in a safe space programme that will equip these girls with personal, social, health, safety, education and financial outcomes - building their confidence, agency, skills and knowledge as they progress through adolescence. The vision for Ethiopia Safe Space Programme (ESSP) is to be scaled nationally, however, a first phase (Phase 1) is required to test the model, curricula and operating model of ESSP. This will be done in 2 Regions of Amhara and Oromia. The Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) has been leading the development of the program to date, together with support from Girl Effect Ethiopia, a programme team of the UK’s Department of International Development (DFID) in Ethiopia. IPE Global (Lead Firm) along with Pathfinder International Ethiopia is implementing the pilot phase of the ESSP.


From 18th to 23rd September 2016, a Training of Trainers (TOT) was held in Addis Ababa (Kaleb Hotel) to train facilitators on the ESSP curriculum. At least 18 participants including Zonal Coordinators, Woreda Coordinators, members of Ministry of Health, IPE Global, Pathfinder International, GEE attended this ToT.The training methodology comprised lectures, brainstorming, group work, role play and demonstration (practical session). This ToT enabled Trainers to develop knowledge and skills to cascade training for ESSP mentors. The main training facilitator was Ms Veronica Tories (GEE London).

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