FAO special orientation session: Scaling-up professional training in Nutrition Education for Sustainable Behaviour Change

Background

With the support of the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), FAO started the ENACT Project “Education for Effective Nutrition in Action” in January 2012, which objective was to develop and pilot a university-level course in nutrition education (the ENACT course) with a view to build local capacity of future or current professionals in planning, implementing and evaluating nutrition education for behaviour change.

The ENACT professional training course in nutrition education was then developed in English by FAO together with African partner universities in Botswana, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, who piloted the course. ENACT applies the best practices of professional training in nutrition education and emphasizes diverse foods and diets as a basis for good nutrition, and nutrition education as a process whereby individuals in society are empowered to adopt lifelong health eating habits. The course includes 11 units and can be delivered in an 11-week period. ENACT is a new approach for many: it involves a lot of independent study, emphasis on the local context, highly interactive tutorials and real-life practice, including “outside activities” and a mini-project in nutrition education.

The course has been translated, piloted and adapted by five Francophone African universities in Benin, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Niger, as part of the FAO ENAF project (the francophone version is called the ENAF course). Two professors in each university received on-the-job training on the course approach in addition to being able to deliver the course to future student intakes.

Purpose of this workshop

The objective of the present orientation workshop is to introduce the ENAF course to new tutors who wish to integrate a nutrition education course into their university / training curricula.

In that sense, FAO would be contributing to meet SDG 4, target 4.7 in “ensuring that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles”.

Learning objectives

The participants will:

  • Understand what nutrition education is and why it is needed ;
  • Appreciate the need for a nutrition education training approach based on best practices: direct experience and practice, independent learning, interactive discussions and application to local nutrition needs and activities to build capacities and skills for behaviour change ;
  • Determine how the course could be integrated into the university/training curricula.

Approach

Two professors who have piloted the ENAF course in their institutions will be facilitating this workshop that will consist on a course introduction, group activities and plenary discussions. A brainstorming session will help the participants understand the notion of nutrition education, followed by an overview of the ENAF course and approach and trying-out some course activities. The last sessions will be dedicated to discussions about the possibility of adapting, using and integrating the course in their institutions. The course will be limited to 25 participants. The workshop will be provided in French, as participants from Francophone African Universities are especially targeted.

Preliminary agenda

8.15 – 9.00

45 min

Registration

9.00 – 9.15

15 min

Welcome remarks

9.15 – 10.00

45 min

INTRODUCTIONS AND AIMS

10.00-11.15

75 min

Topic 1: NUTRITION EDUCATION: WHAT IS IT? WHY IS IT NEEDED?

Brainstorming session

11.15 – 11.30

15 min

Break

11.30-12.30

60 min

Topic 2: OVERVIEW OF THE ENAF COURSE

Partners sharing the piloting experience on the training approach used

12.30-13.30

Lunch

13.30 – 15.30

120 min

Topic 3: FAMILIARIZATION WITH THE COURSE APPROACH

15.30 – 16.30

60 min

Topic 4: HOW CAN I USE AND INTEGRATE THIS COURSE?

16.30 -17.00

30 min

Final discussion

Pre-workshop tasks

Before the workshop, participants will be requested to familiarize themselves with the ENAF project by visiting the project website (http://www.fao.org/nutrition/education-nutritionnelle/professional-training/enaf/fr/) and will be sent a Dropbox link from which they can download the ENAF course material. They will be asked to reflect on a few issues relating to their own context, such as their own perceptions of nutrition education, their country’s nutrition issues, nutrition education activities and nutrition education training currently available.

Application

Participants can apply by email (FAO-ENAF@fao.org), providing a half-page autobiography, and stating why they are interested in attending this workshop.

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3 thoughts on “FAO special orientation session: Scaling-up professional training in Nutrition Education for Sustainable Behaviour Change

  1. Bonsoir et merci pour ce mail d’information. Pourrai-je avoir la date à laquelle se tiendra cet atelier de même que le lieu s’il vous plait! Cordialement merci

    2016-07-25 8:33 UTC, 7th Africa Nutritional Epidemiology Conference

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  2. SESSION D’ORIENTATION SPÉCIALE À L’INTENTION DES UNIVERSITÉS
    FORMATION EN ÉDUCATION NUTRITIONNELLE POUR DES CHANGEMENTS DE COMPORTEMENT ALIMENTAIRES DURABLES
    Dimanche 9 Octobre 2016 – 8.15 – 17.00

    Afin de participer, merci d’envoyer un e-mail à FAO-ENAF@fao.org accompagné d’une biographie de maximum 300 mots décrivant votre titre, organisation/institution, le lien de votre travail à la formation en éducation nutritionnelle et de la raison pour laquelle cette session d’orientation vous intéresse.

    Après validation de l’inscription des participants, vous recevrez un lien Dropbox où vous pourrez télécharger le matériel du cours. Une réflexion préliminaire sur les problèmes nutritionnels de votre pays et sur vos perceptions de l’éducation nutritionnelle vous seront demandées. La session comptera un nombre limité de 25 participants.

    Yvette Fautsch
    Fonctionnaire en nutrition, FAO

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