In June, Empower Us team member and Inclusion International council representative for Africa, Mark from Malwai, led training for self-advocates in Namibia with Inclusion International and Inclusion Africa member NACD.
Read Mark’s report from the training below.
NAMIBIA EMPOWER US TRAINING
We had training in Namibia on 8 to 10 June. I was supported by Andrew Njawala (my support person), Fatma from KAIH and Kimber from Inclusion International.
We had 6 self advocates from Namibia and one from Lesotho. The self-advocates were happy to be part of the training.
I trained them on a number of topics like WHAT IS EMPOWERS US, GOOD SUPPORT, WHAT IS SELF ADVOCATE, WHAT Are RIGHTS, CRPD AND SDGs.
The self-advocates participated with the help of their supporters. I feel the training has helped a lot of the self-advocates to know about their rights, how and where to advocate and lobby, and, who to meet. The self-advocates were sharing their ideas and took part in activities.
Through the training the self-advocates had the chance create a platform for discussion and updates on self-advocacy in their countries. They also chose a leader from within the group to help them mange this. With the knowledge and skills the self-advocates developed through the training the group have made an action plan. They are eager to get started and some of plans are supposed to be done as soon possible.
The challenges we encountered were to do with the support the self-advocates were receiving. To begin with the supporters don’t know their roles. The supporters were failing to differentiate between mothers roles and supporter’s roles.
At the start of the training some of the participants could not air out their ideas. As this was some of their first time at this sort of training they did not feel as confident challenging poor support.
To help with this we changed the training slightly and split up the self-advocates and supporters for some time. We gave some extra training to the supporters on good support. After this session the self-advocates were able to take part more and share their thoughts and ideas.
I felt that another challenge was time. The training needed more time so that the self-advocate could understand the messages more.
The self-advocates are looking for more training like this. With their newly established group they have plans to reach out to more self advocates and share the messages that they learnt during the training.
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