PEER EXCHANGE PROGRAMME BETWEEN SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES NIGERIA AND SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES GHANA

Three Mothers from SOS Children’s Villages (CV) Nigeria paid a working visit to SOS Children’s Villages (CV) Ghana. As part of the visit the team visited the Asiakwa, Tema and Kumasi programme locations.
The visit was an opportunity for the mothers to familiarize themselves with their Ghanaian counterparts while the SOS CV Ghana Mothers tap into the experience of the Nigerian delegation who have integrated their SOS families into their local communities.

Receiving the delegation in the Kumasi Programme location, Mr. Bernard Amoako, Programme Director pointed out that SOS CV Nigeria is be commended for implementing the 2030 strategic direction of SOS Children’s Villages International and therefore the visit was timely for Ghana to learn from the group.
“I was in Nigeria recently with some of my colleagues and I was happy about what I saw. We visited a couple of families which have been relocated from the village into the surrounding communities and it was really gratifying,” Mr. Amoako said.

The mothers from the Nigeria team were: Mrs. Oladunjoye Christiana, Mrs. Adebote Abosede Olufunk and Mrs. Debora Toyin Adegboyega shared their experiences on the integration of their families into the communities.
Sharing her experience, Mrs. Oladunjoye, said she had three set of twins and it was a little challenging when she first moved into the community with her husband. “It was difficult to convince my neighbours that all the children were my biological children but with time, my husband and I were able to overcome that challenge,” the SOS mother in Owu-Ijebu, Ogun said.

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For her part, Mrs. Adegboyega, SOS Mother in Abuja said her husband has been instrumental in helping her instill discipline in her children. She added that he helps the children with their homework and also supervises the children whenever she is not at home.

“Living in the community has added advantages for the development of children” Mrs. Olufunke, SOS Mother in Lagos also pointed out.

Importantly, some topics discussed during the interaction included: Experience Sharing in the 21st Century Child Care Parenting and Managing Transition from Childhood to Adolescence and from Adolescence to Adulthood.

The Nigerian Mothers also undertook other activities including; interacting with the children in the Villages, grocery shopping with SOS CV Ghana mothers, as well as touring some interesting places in Ghana.

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The delegation from Nigeria who were visibly happy said they had learnt a lot and hoped to incorporate whatever they had learnt into their duties as caregivers when they return home.

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