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Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.


Phanice A. Odhacha

Learning & Engagement Coordinator

Parenting in Africa Network (PAN)



2015 Conference presenter

Abstract: Applying the UN Guidelines on the Alternative Care of Children for research and practice.

Hope Msosa, SOS CV, Malawi:  Hope is National Education Programs Coordinator with SOS SV Malawi. He technically supports advocacy, with a background in education, development and social policy analysis and research. Recently, he spearheaded a national network of organizations working with children; whose highlights include conducting a nation-wide study on child reintegration from child care institutions; and organizing the first ever national best practice symposium for organizations working with children without adequate parental care.


2015 Conference presenter

Abstract: Impact evaluation on feasibility of parenting programs in low income countries: Model of offering specialized skill to caregivers of children with disabilities

Nadia-Elise Gateka, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Burundi: Nadia is the Family Care First Project Coordinator for the IRC Burundi Country Program, having worked with IRC for over 7 years. This project aims to place children in protective and permanent family care. Nadia focuses on supporting all vocational training and youth economic strengthening projects within the IRC Burundi, as well as Prevention and Response to Child Labor and Parenting.

2015 Conference presenter

Integration of ECD and Positive Discipline

Sheela Bowler, Director of Discovery - Kidogo Early Years, Kenya: With a Masters of Global Health, Sheila is currently a Rotary International Global Scholar at Kenyatta University, obtaining a PhD in ECD. She has worked in community health and development program design and evaluation within sub-Saharan Africa for over 7 years. Her Kenyan journey began in 2012, where she launched a program for babycare centers within the informal settlements of Nairobi.




2015 Conference presenter

Abstract: Promoting parental empowerment at community level. An experience in Kisii County – Kenya

Daniel Ratemo

Al Hajj Ramadhan and Daniel Ratemo - YOPA Program Executives, Kenya: Al Hajj is a former clerical officer with the Office of the President, Provincial Administration. He has been serving as community worker with various organizations dealing with civic education and community empowerment. He has been associated YOPA since 2009 and is currently serving a second term as Chairman of YOPA’s executive committee. Mr. Ratemo is a former primary teacher, who retired in 2009 after serving in the sector for 27 years. He joined YOPA at inception, in 2009, and has served two terms as its Secretary. Currently he is entrusted by YOPA members to represent them in the executive committee.

3rd Pan African Conference on Parenting (21st - 22ndApril, 2015)




2015 Conference presenter

Abstract: Positive discipline in childhood and adolescence

Noortje Janssen, Macheo Children’s Centre, Kenya: Noortje is a Dutch pedagogue, who has been working in Kenya, since 2012. With a Bachelor’s degree in Pedagogy, from the Netherlands, Noortje trains and educates caregivers of vulnerable children, at Macheo Children’s Centre, Watoto Wenye Nguvu and Upendo Children’s Home, on positive parenting methods. She passionately helps caregivers adjust their approach to moulding behaviour, by understanding Child development. Noortje instituted her consultancy firm, Malezi Bora in January 2015, and resides in Thika, Kenya.




2015 Conference presenter

Abstract: Describing work in care centres, juvenile detention centres, institutions & family support programs issues

Jacquie Brown, MES RSW, Head of International Development, Triple P International: Jacquie has worked in the field of implementation for over 10 years and brings with her unique expertise and experience in implementation applied in both high income and low income countries. For more on Triple P, visit http://www.triplep.net/glo-en/home







A call to action: IYF +20

THEME: “Restoring families as the Pillar of Development in Africa”

View call to action here (kindly follow link to endorse/comment and read a detailed background of the call) was developed in Regional Experts meeting, ahead of the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family on 15th May, (and the 10th anniversary of the Plan of Action - PoA - on the family in Africa). The experts meeting, hosted by Parenting in Africa Network, in partnership with ICS-Africa brought together over sixty (60) participants, drawn from 9 countries in Africa, and saw numerous others from across Africa and beyond share position papers under pertinent themes.

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Reflections on Africa's Indigenous knowledge on Parenting: Indigenous parenting practices of different communities in Africa (2014)

Through the following links, enjoy PAN’s (recently launched) studies, where we unearth positive indigenous knowledge on how the pastoralist communities of the Gabra and the Maasai people in Kenya, East and the horn of Africa region; Bozo community in Mali, West Africa; Ndebele of South Africa, and the Swahili of the coastal strip of Africa ‘skilfully’ parented. View 30 minute - Documentary below:

3rd Pan African Conference on Parenting
held 21- 22 April, 2015
Speke Resort Munyonyo-Kampala, Uganda


PAN at a Glance (2014-15)

PAN ultimately works to strengthen families through advocating for skilful parenting in Africa, in line with priority Number 6 of the AU (African Union) Plan of Action on the family: Strengthening of family relationships

Annual theme (2013): Teenage Parenting
PAN is working with its country chapters to develop a collective voice on teenagers with parenting responsibilities which shall culminate in her 2nd pan-African conference on Parenting in October 16-17 hosted in Lilongwe, Malawi-PAN- country Chapter. PAN’s Secretariat is also scheduling round-table meetings in the various country chapters, in the region, to enable us strengthen the documentation [continue reading...]



Follow links below for experiences, perceptions and views on parenting. The documentaries and interviews recognize that there is a lot of work focusing on safeguarding children and their families in our communities, which are being undertaken by frontline workers as well as actors across Africa and beyond.

  1. Parenting documentaries available here
  2. Also on PAN U-tube page