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Reflection of the National Children At Risk Training Course


What is the National Children at Risk Training curriculum?

The National Children at Risk Training (NCART) curriculum is a comprehensive and practical tool that provides child caregivers with strategies on how to take care of children in the best way possible, and how to take care of themselves as caregivers. It was developed by Janette Pepall, and trainers in more than 30 countries are using it as a guideline to train people, especially those who are working with children at risk.

My personal thoughts of NCART (Before and After)

We (the new staff members of Global Alms Incorporated) were trained in NCART by Katherine Then. Katherine is one of three International Accredited Trainers on the Global Alms Team. On our first day of training, I simply thought that NCART was about learning about Child Rights. It is true, but it is much more than what I considered before. We learnt about children’s physical, emotional, intellectual development as part of the eight modules. From these eight modules, many different types of information and skills are comprehensively covered about children, as well as how to take care of children.

Why is it important to be trained in NCART?

People who are working with children should obtain NCART because it gives full knowledge on how to look after children and children at risk. As we all know, we cannot avoid challenges when we look after children at risk. Furthermore, they all have different backgrounds. Caregivers also often lack knowledge about child development according to the children’s ages, because most caregivers are not trained before they work with children. So, it can easily create difficult situations between the children and caregivers.

According to my own experience, I once misjudged a boy in our care because of my poor knowledge in child development. In fact, I used to be a caregiver in a children’s home. When I was there, one of the boys often told me, “Teacher, I am so tired.” I thought that he was lazy because he ate and slept a lot, and he told me he was always tired. Honestly, I thought it was impossible before I learnt NCART. But, after I was trained in NCART, I realized that the boy told me the truth because he was 13 years old. In this age group, children (especially boys) consume a lot of energy in order to develop; so, they feel very tired. As exemplified by this story, we can see how NCART is very effective and useful for a child caregiver to build better understanding and relationships with children.

The goal of GAI regarding NCART

Our team aims to train local communities as trainers of the NCART to all people who are looking after children, and especially Myanmar migrant teachers along the Thai-Burma border. Then, to encourage these trainers and participants to spread their newfound knowledge and skills into their communities. This is because most children are still at risk. For this reason, we have already trained many caregivers from different organisations, and migrant teachers. Ultimately, we plan to train more caregivers in order to encourage the growth of children in positive and better ways.

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