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Training For Transformation: A Handbook for Community Workers, Book 1


Sally Timmel and Anne Hope


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 the experience of the authors, which has been mainly working with church sponsored groups in Africa. There is therefore an 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 basically the theory of Paulo Freire on developing critical awareness and how to put this theory into practice. It was written mainly for practitioners. It shows how to put basic theory into practice. It also gives educators and community workers some tools to help people to shape their own lives. The book tries to combine both reflection and action in a clear and simple way. This book deals mainly with helping local communities identify the issues which trouble them most, and on which they would like to work for change. We cannot hope to achieve real participation at a grassroots level unless we start with the issues the people are really concerned about. Chapter 1: deals with Paulo Freire's approach to transformation, Chapter 2: explains how to do a survey in a community to find these issues, Chapter 3: explains how to make good posters, plays and other problem-posing materials, which will help a group focus on a particular problem and go through the necessary steps, leading from reflection to action, Chapter 4: is a summary of how to use this approach in a literacy program 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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