Earlier in May 2013, Emotional First Aid Trainer Dave Boniface took Emotional First Aid on its inaugural visit to Malawi.
Dave has many years experience as an international aid worker and regularly visits Malawi with a focus on Secondary Education and Youth Development. Dave commented that one of his primary aims is teaching teachers to keep young people in school; and so Dave felt that the underlying messages of Emotional First Aid training would be of great benefit to staff and communities in Malawi.
Dave found that although some spontaneity and innovation around how to deliver the material was often needed, the core messages and key principles of early intervention, a humanistic approach, systemic thinking and valuing each individual translated well into each community.
The EFA Team were privileged to spend some time with Dave to hear about his experiences and see the wonderful photographs of his visit; from which we have attached a small selection below.
Dave is planning to return to Malawi again and is already in discussions with village elders to deliver more Emotional First Aid training. There is also the potential to deliver our new Peer Mentor course to young people in Malawi which we are very keen to support.
You can read more about Dave’s international aid work on his blog www.daveboni.com