At the request of Reunion’s Department for Youth, Sports and Social Cohesion, PIROI recently trained staff who work with under-18s and their instructors about COVID-19 and how to protect against it.
Ever since the COVID-19 crisis started, protection measures and physical distancing have been recognised as the main means for preventing and reducing the risks of infection and contagion.
WHO and French Red Cross guidelines for national and local authorities, published since 15 March, call for implementation of prevention efforts and awareness-raising about protection measures.
Many people learnt about these measures during the unprecedented lockdown. However the gradual easing of restrictions requires guidance for the public to help strengthen the application and effectiveness of this protection.
For this reason Reunion’s Department for Youth, Sports and Social Cohesion (DJSCS) contacted PIROI-French Red Cross to help raise awareness and train two different groups: Youth Group/Recreation Training Centre supervisors, and Juvenile Collective Reception Unit teams.
Five face-to-face and distance-training sessions were organised for about sixty participants in order to refresh their basic knowledge of the disease, the means of prevention and protection, as well as the health protocols required for juvenile reception facilities. Teaching tools for children were also made available to trainees to help in understanding and adopting protection measures.
PIROI’s course focuses strongly on human values. Awareness raising allows each participant to gain confidence in their ability to protect themselves as well as others, and to act as a bridge, communicating protection measures to those around them.