Puttingcchildrenoattthercentre -iSaveathecchildrenttestsnnew participatoryttools

The National Strategy for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy also aims at developing innovative approaches and interventions to address teenage pregnancy and mobilize partners. The National Secretariat is encouraging all organizations to test these new approaches and document them so that they can benefit more partners of the National Strategy.

Save the Children recently conducted a pilot experimentation ofthe new Child-Focused Participatory Tools designed by SCI. These tools were developed to better involve children in projects’ activities, both as respondents and facilitators with the aim that children and adolescents (the Strategy’s primary stakeholders) could evaluate projects’ implementation, using child friendly methodologies, such as Body mapping, Timeline, Community Mapping, Vision Tree, etc. This stride is especially important in that involving and listening to young people helps increase their access, use and positive experience of programs.

 

Save the Children’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team used these Child-Focused Participatory Tools to evaluate some of the organization’s projectsin Freetown to determine how well they accomplished the project objectives, assess the overall impact of the program in relation to the health services in the district, and to identify remaining obstacles and challenges to be addressed over the next few years. Findings from the evaluation will provide direction and recommendations, and assist further planning.
The National Secretariat is insisting that there is a need to improvethe way partners of the National Strategy share information with children and adolescents on project activities so that they are in better position to provide feedback.We can increase our accountability to children and enable their voices to be heard much more strongly within their communities and beyond on issues that affect them if they are better involved. This also enable children’s views to influence the design, implementation and monitoring of our programs. A comprehensive evaluation report will be produced on the study.