Filtered by: Capacity Development <Back to previous page Now the blackboard is looking at meby Barbara Lawes. Mothers’ Union members and workers worldwide know that a lack of literacy skills is one of the main problems facing women and girls, especially in rural areas. Without literacy skills, women find it much harder to improve conditions in their homes, families and communities and to participate fully in community affairs and administration. Literacy is key to accessing the few local initiatives and opportunities available. Literacy enables women’s voices and concerns to be ... Bible study: Family spacingFamily planning is a sensitive issue about which Christians may have very different views. This study may help you to think more about your beliefs, and what your attitude should be towards others who may have opposite views. Boost your communication skillsMy few years of working alongside young people have been an opportunity to learn tremendous lessons and gather a lot of experiences. You may be… Changing attitudes Reaching parents and the communityChild researchers from Bhima Sangha visited parents of members and asked them their views about their children’s involvement… Education for all in Haitiby Joanna Watson. Good quality basic education can transform a society. However, many poor families in Haiti do not have schools in their communities. Where schools exist, too many people cannot afford to send their children to them. Fruit for every seasonA local NGO in one of the Central Asian republics provided training for people wanting to learn how to dry fruit... Goal 2: Achieve universal primary educationThe goal is to enable all children, boys and girls alike, to complete primary schooling. Steps towards the right to education by Lilia Solano. Going local – strengthening humanitarian capacity through partnerships‘We are a learning organisation, so we don’t run away from things,’ says Ruth Dul, the chief executive of the Christian Rural and Urban Development… How to spell freedomby Kuki Rokhum. Language committeesby Noé Ngueffo. Learning literacy skillsAdults often forget how they learnt to read and write as children. This means that the process of teaching literacy can sometimes be difficult and confusing. Where literacy training is available, trained facilitators are the best people to pass on these skills. However, a basic understanding of literacy training may be very helpful to parents and to the family and friends of people learning literacy skills. Learning together - A child's experience in the Democratic Republic of Congoby Deogratias Mwakamubaya Nasekwa. Lessons learned in phasing outby Amanda Comish. Lettering guide for postersIn Footsteps No 8, we looked at some ideas for producing illustrations which could be used as posters. Here is a simple idea for producing lettering for posters or banners. These are outlines of lettering guides. They will give a neat and uniform result which can be easily achieved by anyone with a little practice. They will usually be much better and easier to read than letters drawn free-hand. The letter guides include ways of drawing numbers. They may also give ideas for other symbols ... Lies traffickers tellMany communities who are at risk of trafficking have low levels of literacy. Communicating through pictures is an effective way to raise awareness about the lies which traffickers use to trick people. Literacy a moving targetby Clinton Robinson. On the road with radio ruraleFollowing our last issue on ways of communicating, readers were invited to share their last experiences of using radio as a means of communication. Pamela Clifton-Reitmeier writes in from Chad… Participatory research in actionCommunity Viewpoint by Boureima Kabre. It is essenial when beginning a new community project to have the full involvement of all the layers of society which make up this community. Each society has its own particular knowledge and ability which enables it to function, however poor its members may be. Pictures with Model FiguresPosters, leaflets and Flannel boards are all very helpful for teaching groups about all kinds of different subjects. A few people are gifted artists who can draw anything. Most of us are definitely not – we struggle to draw anything that others will recognise! Sometimes we can copy or enlarge pictures to use. But what can we do if we have no suitable drawings to copy from? PLA in actionBrian Polkinghorne wrote with an interesting response to Issue 29. Here are some of the points he made, together with comments from Simon Batchelor (who wrote the opening article in Issue 29). Preparing materials for translationby Nyomi Graef and Ross James. We were involved in a translation project to provide training materials for health workers for use in radio programmes. Our task was to prepare the original English materials for translation by making them easier to read and understand. Principles and practices of sustainable community developmentby Emelita Santos Goddard. R19 The right to education and informationAll children should have the opportunity to complete primary education. This should enable children to read, write, count, learn their national… REFLECT - a PLA approach to literacyPLA exercises are often used with farmers – but they can have many other uses too. Literacy training is one of the most recent. In 1993 Action Aid began a research project to study the REFLECT (Regenerated Freirean Literacy through Empowering Community Techniques) approach to adult literacy. The REFLECT approach uses no primers or textbooks (other than a guide for the literacy facilitators). Instead each literacy circle develops their own learning materials based on PLA exercises. Setting up a community knowledge centreby Esther Kabasiita A community knowledge centre is a place which has a wide collection of books, articles, videos, and technical documents that provide a range of developmental information for the community. It is a place where people can come to learn and to share information. Space technology on the farmBy Jim Rowland. Anything that grows requires food, water, an energy supply and space. This is true whether we are talking about humans (especially children!), livestock, trees or crops. Human beings grow best where there are plenty of these resources and struggle, or die where there are not enough. Poor soil and over-population produce famine. Starting and managing literacy programmesby Stellah Tumwebaze. LABE (Literacy and Adult Basic Education) is an organisation based in Kampala working in 14 districts of Uganda. It has wide experience in promoting literacy rights. Here they share some of their experience and help us to consider the basic steps to follow when starting a literacy programme. The ABC of first aidThe priorities of first aid are… A AIRWAY B BREATHING C CIRCULATION (and bleeding) The Emergency QuizCompiled by Isabel Carter, Bessie Cormack, Dr Elizabeth Swain, Sue Hanley and Sandra Michie. All of us have probably experienced a real emergency at some time in our lives – situations when we wonder how best to help and no-one else nearby knows what to do. Most emergency situations will need medical help. However, what we do in the first few minutes before expert medical help arrives may be of huge importance. Making the wrong decisions may sometimes mean the difference between life and ... The impact of climate change on nomadic peopleby Jeff Woodke The value of literacy to the Énxetby Tim Curtis. Threepile sorting cardsThis is a very useful teaching method which has been developed and used by Kumasi Health Education Unit in Ghana. It encourages community health workers to participate in discussion and to develop self confidence in thinking through the problems and needs of their community. It is also an exercise which will help trainers to assess the understanding and knowledge of their trainees. Tree surveysThis activity can be used with children to help them learn about their surroundings. They will also learn about the use of surveys, ranking and charts to collect and display information. Farmer groups could find these techniques useful in surveying local trees or when selecting popular species to grow in tree nurseries. The activities could be adapted to study crops, foods, livestock or type of work. Understanding the Views of Childrenby Glenn Miles. In community development, listening to people is seen to be an essential part of the process. However, even when participatory methods mean that the views of women, farmers, the elderly and the disabled, as well as community leaders, are heard, children are seldom consulted. Using gamesCompiled by Rebecca Dennis. Board games can be fun to play and can be used to teach adults and children (aged seven and upwards) some important lessons. One example is the popular game of Snakes and Ladders, which is shown and explained on these pages. One of the strengths of this game is that the messages and language can be adapted to the local situation. This version shows how everyday risks can be reduced and what can happen if we do not manage them. Visual Aids for TrainingFlipcharts Flipcharts are series of posters used to teach small groups about a particular subject. Each main idea is shown on a poster. Their use makes teaching much easier, as each poster reminds the trainer of all the important points. Posters should be made on good quality paper so that they will last a long time. Sheets of coloured plastic (such as the yellow plastic often used to dry coffee) can be cut up. This will allow trainees to copy posters to make up their own flipcharts. Voting and literacyby Ladislas Burume Bihagarhizi Mumosho is a rural settlement, 22km from the town of Bukavu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). During the last legislative and presidential elections in DRC, I was one of the independent witnesses in a polling station in Mumosho, in the Kabare constituency.