'العربية / al-ʿarabīyah
ORGANIZING THE COMMUNITY
Preparing it for Action
by Phil Bartle, PhD
Introduction to the Module (Hub)
Documents Included in this Getting Organized Module
How to organize a community for effective action
Most educators and trainers know that learning in the classroom, listening to lectures or presentations, reading text books, are all less effective than letting the trainees learn by doing.
You want the executive of the community organization to become stronger by being organized effectively and trained in the necessary skills. This module shows you how to combine action and training.
With the whole community, you organize an executive. (See Organizing by Training). It may have different names, eg CBO Executive, CIC (Community Implementing Committee), Project Committee, or Development Committee.Then, with this executive, you make a detailed participatory assessment of conditions (including problems and resources) in the community.
Using brainstorming techniques, you show the committee how to prepare an action plan. You then guide the executive in presenting their findings to the community as a whole. Then, using brainstorming techniques again, the community modifies (if necessary) and approves the action plan.
You also explain about requesting outside resources (the skills of writing proposals), warning them of the danger of the dependency syndrome.
You also train them in the importance of monitoring and have them decide on how it should be done. Finally, you help them to organize for action; their action.
Community Meeting; planning a project
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