Following their 3-day training session on family planning, male and female monitors unanimously wished to benefit from more training sessions, so as to review former knowledge and if necessary learn new elements. They also wished to have access to tools and necessary material to illustrate their message.
Consequently, AECIN and AESCD suggested illustrated pagivoltes, which were ratified by RAEDD, created and delivered to communitary relays for their training.
The aim was to translate the 5 main messages stated by Tarbiyyya Tatali concerning the importance of mastering fecundity (not only spacing out births but also mastering the size of the family), which had to be conveyed to villagers by appointed relays.
- The importance of safe deliveries: modern birth-control devices and spacing out births improve mother and child’s health as well as the family’s standard of living.
- Refusing early marriages before 18 prevent under-age mothers’ deliveries which jeopardize their health and their children’s health; it improves girls’ school attendance.
- The importance of affective and nutritional caring devoted to each child: better to have fewer and to attend to them well.
- Children’s future is better insured if the family isn’t too large, the ideal family is that where parents can care for eqch child concerning their health, their education and their nutrition.
- Women’s self-sufficiency is improved thanks to jobs generating an income if she doesn’t have too many children.
AECIN and AESCD have looked for the most suitable pictures, particularly through the numerous documents indexed or published by Tarbiyya Tatali: ‘Social and Personal Education booklet’, ‘My Health and Social Education’ booklet, ANBEF document, CEDEF, and a new drawing showing a town council including women and men.
Overall, 27 illustrated charts (pagivoltes) are used to illustrate the main topics dealt with at the training sessions, with legends translated in Haoussa.
They have already been tested during supervision fieldwork missions in Bawada-Dagi (Dankassari), Batanbari (Doutchi area); Montere and Mailo, (in presence of Aziz, a photographer who could take photos about the use of the new leaflets by relay women and Maimouna Kadi, the counselor).
They have also been used for the ‘retraining’ session of the first 60 lady monitors trained in Dankassari, and given at the end of the retraining session