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Children’s Nursing Educator Forum

The Children's Nursing Development Unit (CNDU) is currently a sectoral leader and resource hub capacitating partners in children’s nursing education throughout southern and east Africa. CNDU's ultimate vision is of a securely established and mutually supporting community of children’s nurses and educators working to best effect throughout Africa’s health care systems.

In 2015 CNDU hosted a workshop for children’s nursing educators from across South Africa to support the process of redesigning programmes to meet new national regulatory requirements. This successful session led to requests for another meeting the following year, and another. This annual meeting has become known as the Children’s Nursing Educator Forum , and has been meeting annually since 2016. In 2017 and 2018 nurses in training at UCT from Namibia and Zambia were able to attend, and we realised how much joint learning was enhanced through the participation of colleagues from other African countries. This realisation encouraged us to 'throw the net wider' and in 2019, we welcomed nurses from 7 different countries to the forum held in September. This engagement continued in 2020, despite the whole Forum being moved into a virtual space  prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The purpose of the Forum is to create a community of practice, enhancing educators’ sense of professional identity and enabling peer and technical support. Facilitated by the Initiative Director/Professor of Child Nursing and supported by members of CNDU's education, research and administrative teams, forum members are guided through processes essential to sustainable training, including reviewing recruitment strategies, curriculum reviews, and updating teaching and learning strategies. The Forum is also an important vehicle for advocacy and communications.

Click for the reports from the 2018 and 2019 Children’s Nursing Educator Forum, and for information about the launch of the virtual forum click here.