Filtered by: Facilitation <Back to previous page Knowledge is powerby Slanwa Gaston. It is a popular saying that knowledge is power. The Bible states that ‘people perish because of lack of knowledge’ (Hosea 4:6). Footsteps plays an important role in bringing much-needed information to people who want to make a positive difference in their homes, churches and communities. Footsteps also helps us to understand that each one of us can play a part in making our world a better place to live. ‘Pick up your water-pot and then someone will help you put it on your head!’Like all the peoples of Africa, the Lyélé of Burkina Faso often use proverbs to give expression to the values and the wisdom handed down from their ancestors. To take the first step oneself, to rely on one’s own resources, is a fundamental principle of Lyélé society - and a principle that should also be at the centre of all development activity. A celebration of 20 yearsby Isabel Carter, Editor of Footsteps 1989–2007 The growth of Footsteps over the past 20 years is rather like the parable of the mustard seed. From tiny, insignificant beginnings – as a health newsletter for a few of Tearfund’s partners – it has produced literally millions of copies all around the world. I wonder if anyone has ever tried to add up all the paper copies distributed, the CD copies, those sent electronically and those down-loaded from the internet – in a number of different ... A5 Selecting community motivators It was easy to start a fire and involve a number of people. It was harder to make sure that the fire kept burning. Community members need to choose… A6 Training the motivators Most motivators learn their skills by experience. The rest of this guide suggests topics that the motivators should first try out on each other with… B13 Developing facilitation skillsPeople who are good listeners may also become good facilitators, able to lead others in discussion in small groups. Good facilitation is not easy.… Bible study: The power of prayer1 Samuel 7:2-14 I believe that prayer is one of the key factors that have led to the success of Footsteps. So, as we celebrate 20 years we can raise a pillar called ‘Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” ’ [1 Samuel 7:12] C10 The special role of animators The role of an animator is rarely given a formal title within a group. However within most successful groups there will be at least one animator.… Changes in the world Tearfund and Footsteps over the last 20 years Communityled total sanitation‘Community-led total sanitation’ was pioneered in Bangladesh by Kamal Kar (a development consultant from India) and the Village Education Resource Centre while they were evaluating an NGO’s traditional subsidised sanitation programme. They wanted to convince the NGO to stop subsidising toilet construction because subsidies in the past had not led to community ownership and toilet usage. Instead, they suggested that the NGO should encourage people to help themselves. They developed an approach ... CRUDANs experience in facilitation trainingby Francis Ademola. CRUDAN (Christian Rural and Urban Development Association of Nigeria) is a growing organisation with a big vision! In the year 2000, CRUDAN set up new offices in five different zones of Nigeria to share their activities more widely. Effective facilitationby Sophie Clarke. Facilitation describes the process of taking a group through learning or change in a way that encourages all members of the group to participate. This approach assumes that each person has something unique and valuable to share. Without each person’s contribution and knowledge, the group’s ability to understand or respond to a situation may be reduced. The facilitator’s role is to draw out knowledge and ideas from different members of a group, to help encourage them to learn ... Not giving the answersWhen we are teaching, training and facilitating on any topic it can be tempting to give all the answers. But when we do not give answers, we give those we are working with something even more important: an opportunity to discover what they know already and to grow in confidence. In this way we help people to mobilise their own resources. Options for community facilitationby Solomon Dibaba Leta. PILLARS in Brazilby Rossanna Virgínia Moreira. The PILLARS (Partnership In Local LAnguage ResourceS) guides encourage learning from people’s own culture. They share information in a way that encourages awareness of local problems and possible solutions to resolve these. The PILLARS process uses small teams working together to translate the guides into their own language. The guides include discussion of social issues and the Christian faith. They bring together people who long to make a difference to peoples’ ... The Wheel of DevelopmentDevelopment and our vision for the future Adapted with thanks from an article written by Torrey Olsen, World Vision, Gao, Eastern Mali. Using role play to learn facilitation skillsby Isabel Carter. Some people are naturally good at facilitation. However, most of us have to work hard to become good facilitators. Learning facilitation skills through day-to-day work can take a long time. Meetings or workshops can help people to improve their skills in a short time. They can learn helpful tips and lessons that will remain with them.