There are over 400,000 kids living in the vast Kibera slums. Too many of these kids are being lost. They’re becoming school dropouts, teen parents, victims of violence and drug or alcohol abuse.
Why is this important?
There are over 400,000 kids living in the vast Kibera slums. Too many of these kids are being lost. They’re becoming school dropouts, teen parents, victims of violence and drug or alcohol abuse. They struggle to survive against the odds. What they lack are essential life skills and lessons – how to behave well, make good decisions, build healthy relationships.
- Creating and maintaining supportive environments. Role models, family, Coaches, teachers, peers and K.S.D.P Athlete Ambassadors play an important role in helping people adopt new behaviours.
- Developing essential life skills. These skills include the ability to manage stress, resist peer pressure, communicate assertively, make decisions, set goals, motivate and lead others.
- Engaging in repetitive activities. This allows children and youth the opportunity to practice skills, knowledge, and attitudes that contribute to change.
- Adopting healthy attitudes. Self-esteem and confidence, hope and optimism, empathy and compassion, and motivation.
- Acquiring knowledge about the issues. Such as facts about HIV and AIDS, risk reduction behaviours, impacts of stigma, etc..
Developing these skills helps kids communicate well, team up effectively with others and be self-motivated. They learn how to motivate themselves to cope with the everyday difficulties of life.
Behaviour change involves acquiring skills to adopt and maintain behaviours and attitudes such as self-esteem, resistance to peer pressure, ability to problem-solve and a capacity for communication. K.S.D.P’s methodology ensures that both children and communities are able to put into practice the skills and attitudes learned through our programs. Our innovative methodology is founded on a unique understanding of social learning theory and child development needs.
A key aspect of K.S.D.P’s Coach training workshops is the Experiential Learning Cycle methodology. During each session, trainers and leaders introduce and reinforce the key messages of each activity in opening and closing discussions. Specifically, Reflect-Connect-Apply is a teaching/learning strategy that guides learners through a three-step processing of their experience:
Reflect - The learner considers: What did I just experience? Young children are taught the vocabulary to share their ideas and feelings and to respect the ideas and feelings of their peers. Connect - The learner considers: How does this experience relate to earlier ones? How does it connect to what I already know, believe or feel? Does it reinforce or expand my view? Apply - The learner considers: How can I use what I have learned from this experience? How can I use it in similar situations? How can I use this learning to benefit myself, my community?.