Updated Jul 16, 2020

Blossoms Children's Community Education Transitional Services Delivery Project

Pamhidzayi Berejena mhongera

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The innovation identifies and addresses barriers to successful educational outcomes through effective social delivery services that promote the survival, development and participation of children in adversity and their social systems.

The Education Transitional Services Delivery Project was a short-term initiative from 2012 to 2013 that advocated for and helped improve education and psychosocial services for Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC), both in and out of school, in Zimbabwe. The project is evolving into a structured Transition School for OVC in communities and institutional care. Blossoms Children Community...
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The Education Transitional Services Delivery Project was a short-term initiative from 2012 to 2013 that advocated for and helped improve education and psychosocial services for Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC), both in and out of school, in Zimbabwe. The project is evolving into a structured Transition School for OVC in communities and institutional care. Blossoms Children Community coordinates the delivery of social services targeting OVC in the community. The project successfully identified and registered 2,464 OVC in the community. OVC registers were updated by community care-workers. New management information system (MIS) for OVC developed and project staff trained to use for effective case management. Teachers from 18 schools and care-givers from 3 children's residential institutions trained in OVC counseling and trauma healing.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

By the end of the project, 4,517 children were registered in the community's OVC records, an increase of more than 700%. These included some 4,193 children from the community's 15 schools.
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Focus Areas:

Social Services, Positive Youth Development, Data Collection/Needs Assessments and 6 MoreSEE ALL

Social Services, Positive Youth Development, Data Collection/Needs Assessments, Education, Gender-based Violence, Teacher Development and Training, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Mentoring/Coaching and ResilienceSEE LESS

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Zimbabwe

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Problem

Orphans and other Vulnerable Children in communities face barriers in accessing social services that facilitate successful transitions in school and other domains of life. The lack of effective coordination at community system's level result in them falling out out the social services cracks. As a result, they lack access to resources and support that help them deal with the risks caused by poverty, Gender-based-violence and psycho-emotional trauma experienced at home, school and communities.

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Solution

The innovation identifies children in adversity by building a strong case management system and research. Blossoms Children Community then coordinates the building and maintenance of supportive relationships with community care workers, care-givers, schools, social workers, police, specialist service providers and funders. Capacity building programmes targeting care-givers, teachers and community stakeholders are implemented for improved response to child protection and development issues

Target Beneficiaries

Children and youth in adversity, care-givers, children residential institutions and schools.

Mission and Vision

The innovation should build child-friendly systems that children can turn to for humanitarian and developmental support at local level to manage their transitions. Successful coordination of such systems fosters inclusiveness, enabling children in adversity to participate in development processes and improve access to resources. Again, the engagement of communities enhances accountability and helps in eradicating the culture of silence which fuels Gender-based violence.

Competitive Advantage

This innovation uses participatory approaches and is unique in that it deals with Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) and their social ecology. OVC face multiple challenges that affect their educational opportunities, personal effectiveness, living situation and community functioning. The social ecology consisting of the home, school and community should be supportive to facilitate the achievement of positive outcomes across all life's domains. Building the capacity of care-givers , teachers and community stakeholders facilitate a well-coordinated response to children in distress. Local organisations that offer child-friendly spaces and services are important in advocating for the needs and rights of children in communities. The use of a Management Information System in case management also assist in tracking of needs and services provided to children. Additionally, research facilitates the identification of gaps in service delivery and contributes to evidence-based practice.

Planned Goals and Milestones

This innovation needs to be replicated in communities experiencing poverty in urban and rural areas. A transition school which caters for holiday programs should be constructed to cater for orphans in communities and residential institutions who need structured programs that facilitate smooth transitions from care. The programs will include holiday lessons, leadership development, career guidance, talent identification and development, skills training programs and sporting activities.
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted25,000

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New Country Implemented In
Zimbabwe

Supporting Materials

working-paper-brookings-orientation-null.pdf
LIST-OF-RESEARCH-PUBLICATIONS-orientation-null.pdf