I returned to Dakar after spending a few days in the village of Keur Simbara, near Thiès, Senegal, where Tostan’s communications and programs teams made a series of six short films for the Reinforcement of Parental Practices (RPP) program, explaining why it is important to read to children while providing parents and caregivers with practical tips on how to read in a fun and interactive way.
The training of staff remains a critical component of Tostan’s work. This includes everyone from national-level coordinators to community-level facilitators who implement the Community Empowerment Program (CEP) across six countries.
The crowd bursts into laughter as minors at the Diourbel prison in Senegal present a skit, with interjections from local actor and comedian Sonokho. The young detainees are using humor to tell the somber story of a father who, abandoned by his wife is left to care for his two sons. The father, as selfish as he is absent-minded, fails to register his sons’ births or monitor their schooling. This negligence leads to the sons’ outrageous exploits as one ends up in prison and the other becomes a petty thief.
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