Training of Caregivers (a Training of Trainers Workshop)
One of the causes of elder abuse is the lack of professional skills required from caregivers to take care of the needs of older persons. In this regard, one of the objectives of the Oxfam-Voice funded project ‘Curtailing Elder Abuse in 10 Communities in Enugu State’ being implemented by Dewdrop Foundation and CGE Africa, is empowerment through capacity development and skills acquisition on Eldercare.
In this regard, caregivers who take care of the elderly, need to be trained on the proper handling of the Seenagers, their rights as well as the challenges that come as a result of ageing. This enables them give better and professionalized care to the elders. From 14 – 29 February 2020, a training was organized for 40 caregivers (trainers) in Enugu State, who would in turn train other caregivers as a project sustainability plan.
The main objective of the training was to empower caregivers from the project communities with the necessary skills to offer proper and professionalized care to the Seenagers in their various communities, which will in turn improve the health and social welfare of the elders.
Other objectives included;
- Reduction of rural-urban migration through professional training for youths who are the most victims of illegal migration.
- Training of Trainers to sustain the caregivers training even after project closure to provide expertise trainings and care skills for care givers of the elderly in 11 project communities in Enugu State.
- To increase access of elder persons in communities to quality healthcare that will be provided by trained persons thereby reducing the proneness of senior citizens to all sorts of abuses.
- To improve the employability of youths who care for old persons in communities through professionalizing care thereby providing them the opportunity to get decent jobs.
The Caregivers training was conducted by City and Guilds UK certified Tutors and Assessors in accordance with the City & Guilds, UK curriculum for the International Vocational Qualification Diploma in Health Care. Four of the Trainees started their internships at Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Elderly in Agbani, Enugu State.