October 2015 – NEFSE Workshop in Madison, Wisconsin
Twelve undergraduate students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison participated in a NEFSE workshop on October 16, 2015, in Madison, Wisconsin. The students were all part of the Ethiopia Field Course, a 3-credit course that is part of the UW’s Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health program. The objectives of the one-day workshop were to help prepare the students for their January 2016 travel to Ethiopia by discussing asset based approaches to community development, interdisciplinary definitions of health, and ways different people interact with health assets in a given location. During the workshop, students engaged in a community mapping exercise and created maps about the assets and barriers to health on the UW campus. It was facilitated by instructors from UW Cooperative Extension and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
Map of assets and barriers to health on the UW campus community,
drawn by students at the October 2015 NEFSE workshop.
October 2014 — NEFSE workshop in Madison, Wisconsin
A NEFSE workshop was implemented in Madison, Wisconsin, on October 5, 2014. The workshop was intended for students participating in the January 2015 Ethiopia Field Course and others involved with the Ethiopia twinning partnership, to experience the NEFSE content, explore the interrelationships between ecosystem and human health, and empower them to be future instructors of the NEFSE Youth Leadership curriculum. Additionally, this workshop provided an opportunity for local (Madison-area) mentors who work on domestic food security, youth leadership, and community development issues to share their work, contribute to the discussions, and make connections with UW students for future engagement and collaboration in community service. Participants of the NEFSE workshop engaged in community mapping and service learning and discussed the interaction between food systems, health, and community development.
June 2014 — NEFSE Workshop in Shashamene
A NEFSE-Ethiopia workshop was implemented June 17-19, 2014, for seven adult participants at Enga le Enga in Shashamene, Ethiopia. The pilot site of Enga le Enga was selected because they partner with the International Potato Center (CIP)-Ethiopia on programs to improve the production and consumption of orange fleshed sweet potato as part of diversified diets in the Wolayta zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR). The NEFSE-TOT was co-facilitated by instructors from the UW and Enga le Enga.
June 2014 — People to People/NEFSE Workshop in Addis
A NEFSE-Ethiopia workshop was implemented June 2-6, 2014, at the People to People (P2P) Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The trainers were the UW students in collaboration with a P2P facilitator/translator. There were 14 youth participants, each of whom is currently supported by P2P in the orphan sponsorship projects by Finland and the United States. Throughout the NEFSE workshop, P2P youth were presented with information in several subject areas, including environmental health and first aid, food systems, nutrition, and HIV/AIDS. The facilitators implemented a variety of techniques to present the information, such as community mapping and small group work with an emphasis on collaboration. The NEFSE training was a productive and informative learning experience for both P2P and UW team members. The facilitators hope to build upon the lessons learned from the June 2014 workshop, and look for future opportunities to replicate and create new lessons for other P2P youth in Addis Ababa and Amanuel/Debre Markos.