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From: Training – Footsteps 22

Different approaches to training and facilitation

The Animator needs to understand how people in the community see their problems. Here is a very simple exercise which helps participants to appreciate that we all see and interpret things differently.

Sit four volunteers around a table and place on the table a large sheet with the number 3 drawn on it. Ask the volunteers what they can see. Each will see something different – one will see a 3, another an M, another a W and the last, an E. A useful discussion can follow, using these questions:

Can you think of examples in real life where people look at the same situation in different ways?

Changes in attitudes

How do our attitudes to problems affect what we do? Here is an exercise which helps participants to identify different attitudes and place them on a scale which goes from ‘no action’ to ‘action’ (see below).

With the group, think up some imaginary statements that people make in your community.

Here are some to begin with:

Write these and any other comments you can think of on pieces of paper. Using the Action Scale steps below, read a few examples out and together decide which step each comment would best fit. Divide the remaining comments between the participants and let them try to match them with the appropriate step.

When all the statements have been matched, read through them together to check if any are in the wrong place. (Sometimes it can be difficult to decide exactly which step they belong to – don’t spend too long deciding between steps that are close together).

Adapted from The Facilitators Resource Manual Part II – Skills for the Trainer – by Uganda CBHCA, PO Box 325, Entebbe, Uganda.

The Action Scale

Step 1 There is no problem.

Step 2 There is a problem but it’s not my responsibility.

 

Step 3 There is a problem but I have doubts – about myself, about other people, about change…

 

Step 4 There is a problem but I’m afraid of the risk.

 

Step 5 I want to find possible solutions to the problem.

 

Step 6 I believe that we can do it.

 

Step 7 We can do it and we will overcome any problems that develop.

 

Step 8 We were successful and now want to share and teach the results with others.

During discussion ask:

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