Level one Training

Positive Child Disciplining

Course overview:

Child disciplining a process which generally aims to promote order and harmony in a family or institutional context and teach children how to conduct themselves in society. However, it is often observed that caregivers use physical force or corporal punishment to correct, control, change the behavior of their children which might be humiliating and/or degrading treatment and cause some degree of discomfort, pain or even injury. The use of physical or psychological punishment might, therefore, result-in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity. Hence, this course is aimed at equipping participants of the training with skills to guide caregivers and others, such as teachers, who might come in contact with children to be able to guide children to develop positive and desirable behaviour through the use of non-violent, positive and constructive methods.

Major topics to be covered include:

  • background on punishment and disciplining of children (meaning, nature and prevalence)
  • international, regional and national instruments for preventing corporal punishment
  • different forms of punishment (corporal, psychological, etc.)
  • consequences of corporal punishment on children and society
  • main features and principles of positive child disciplining
  • practical strategies and measures of positive child disciplining for care givers, communities, schools and other institutions.
  • Disciplining versus punishment or positive versus negative disciplining
  • Types of positive disciplining techniques

By the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate different forms of child disciplining practices and assess contexts that might cause harm to children,
  • Suggest effective alternatives that may have to be worked out through a process of experimentation and reflection
  • Have better understanding about the distinction between positive and negative child disciplining
  • Understand the provisions and legal instruments concerning the right of children to be protected from physical and psychological punishment
  • the process of guiding behavior towards socially acceptable standards of conduct
  • provide ideas to teachers, parents and other caregivers so that they will select the methods that they want to use
  • norms, values and social expectations indirectly conveyed to students
  • impart knowledge and skills that are useful to promote positive child disciplining methods
  • acquire an understanding of the type of disciplining aimed that help to guide children to develop positive and desirable behavior through the use of non-violent, positive and constructive methods.
  • Identify cultural, traditional and religious beliefs and practices contribute significantly to the practice of corporal punishment
  • Basic features and principles of positive child disciplining
  • Practical measures needed to strengthen positive child disciplining
  • Propose good parenting skills measures and techniques of positive child disciplining in families and communities
  • Developing children’s self-esteem for facilitating positive child disciplining