Children’s Participation in Action and Learning for Nutrition (PCAAN) in Mozambique

In Mozambique the dreadful facts are that 44% of all children under 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition. This limits the potential of these children and makes them more prone to disease.

Children for Health understands that school-going children and young adolescents are often care-givers of these young children and can be mobilised to learn about and address nutrition problems and influence family nutrition practices. Between January 2014 and December 2015, we worked with government colleagues to embed a participatory approach to nutrition education in 15 primary schools in Tsangano and five in Tete city – all managed by the Provincial Government of Tete using their system of school clubs, called ‘Interest Circles’.

In partnership with DANIDA, we worked with educators at all levels to develop and adapt our content and methods that fit into the government system and thereby create a participatory, sustainable and effective school-based nutrition education programme.

In 2017/18 the PCAAN programme has been adopted by the UN organisation, The Food and Agricultural Organisation  who are scaling the programme to 3 further districts – Macanga, Tsangano and Angonia. In each district 12 schools. The expectation is that in this phase 32,000 children are being reached by the program and each of these reaching four family members = 128,000. This is in addition to the children and families being reached in Tete.

An evaluation of the programme in 2016 concluded that the programme is having a powerful impact on the lives and the health of children under 5’s and friends and family describe the children and young adolescents involved as “heroes”. In particular, the approach was already having a positive impact on food choices, breastfeeding and hygiene practices.

Story books, a recipe book, teaching and training guides have all been co-created with teachers and children involved with the programme. Some of the teaching materials are still being translated but the story books and one teaching guide in English are all available for free from the Children for Health ‘Shop’.

Many of our materials can be accessed for free to those who apply.

For copies of the case study in PDF format click here.

For further information on this programmecontact us!

Click the following links to find out more! Please note that the video and the slide show focus on part of the programme only.  A documentary film on the complete programme is in development.