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Training for Transformation: A Handbook for Community Workers, Book II


Anne Hope and Sally Timmel


Mambo Press, Zimbabwe







Grailville Art and Bookstore, 932 O'Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140-9705,Phone: (513) 683-0202.




All the theories, codes and exercises in this book have been used effectively with groups in Africa since 1975. Most of the examples and quotations in these books come directly from our experience, which has been mainly working with church sponsored groups in Africa. There is therefore and African and a Christian perspective throughout. It is necessary for all teams using this book to adapt the approach to their own cultural context, to find examples, stories, proverbs from the life of local people and to seek out those texts from the religious traditions of the community which reinforce the vision of transformation towards a just, peaceful and happy society. This book is focused on the skills necessary for participatory education. To break the "culture of silence", people need to gain a sense of self-confidence and know that what they think is important. Therefore methods to involve the group actively are critical in group leadership, as are ways of clarifying and implementing the goals of the group. This book deals with group leadership skills and group dynamics (forces and feelings that play a role in any group). Without an understanding of these, one cannot ensure participation. The chapters include the following topics: Chapter 5, has theories and exercises for creating the conditions necessary for developing a spirit of trust, and an atmosphere in which true dialogue can take place Chapter 6, deals with different styles of leadership and their effect on participation Chapter 7, deals with steps in making decisions and planning action Chapter 8, is about evaluation. This should be a process of growth for all taking part, not simply a judgement from an outsider We recommend reading all three of the books with make a series and integrate all of the elements of the three books. A piecemeal approach of just one element or the other does not have the same impact. These methods can assist a community to start a process of reflecting on their , analysing the causes of their problems, so that local groups and then a regional development movement can be built. However, local problems are profoundly affected by forces on the national and international level. Local efforts at development will be ineffectual unless these are taken into account. We strongly recommend the use of some of the tools of analysis and processes of building a movement described in Book III.




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