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As our partner organisations and the children they support marked the Day of the African Child in their own countries, ChildHope was delighted to celebrate the day by attending the Padare Conference at the University of Northampton.

ChildHope was invited to speak at the inaugural Padare conference for Black African social worker students and practioners. In Zimbabwe, Padare means 'meeting place'. Since 2008 this peer support group has enabled students to share experiences and celebrate learning to improve their practice. A crucial aspect of ChildHope's work is learning from our projects and monitoring their impact. This ensures we can continue to improve the quality of our work and that it continues to meet the changing needs of the children we support.

Sharing Skills, Transforming Lives
In addition to providing training and support to our partners, we also create opportunities for our partners to come together to share learning, skills and good practice. Last year, we facilitated a five-day Africa Learning Exchange in Nairobi for our Africa partner organisations. Here, our partners attended training sessions, took part in discussions on key themes and what interventions really work, and also developed plans for future joint working. A crucial issue that emerged was the importance of providing remedial classes to children who have dropped out of school before they re-enrolled in formal school. This improves their academic performance once in school and reduces the likelihood of them dropping out again. Since the Exchange, a number of partners have incorporated this learning into their programme design to give children the best opportunity to fulfil their potential through education.
Tackling child protection issues within the community
We believe opportunities to share experience and learning are vital to improve the quality and impact of our projects and to build the capacity of our partners so they can tackle child protection issues in their own communities. In this spirit of learning, we were delighted to be part of Padare's conference which saw over 70 people come together. We were very grateful that the Padare students also chose to support by donating the proceeds of the conference towards our work.

We would like to thank the Padare group for their support of ChildHope's work and look forward to developing our partnership. Would you like ChildHope to speak at one of your events? Contact Catriona Fox at cfox@childhope.org.uk or 020 7065 0950.

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