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close this bookIntroduction to the Population Education Leaders Guides (FAO)
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View the documentPopulation education and out-of-school rural youth.
View the documentHow are these population education materials organized?
View the documentWhat to consider when using a resource person.
View the documentWorking with youth groups
View the documentConclusion

What to consider when using a resource person.

Another name for experts such as health workers, extension agents, small business advisors, etc., is resource person. Using a resource person is a good way to make your youth group activities even more interesting and useful to its members. These resource people can't replace you as the leader - it is you as group leader who knows the group and has their respect. But resource persons can help make your job better and easier too.

What to consider when using a resource person.

When using a resource person, it is important that the leader plan ahead, both in deciding when to hold the group meeting and in arranging exactly what topics the resource person will cover.


• Meet with the resource person and explain what it is you would like to do.

• Discuss the leaders guide activity you would like him or her to take part in. Sometimes this might be a discussion session, e.g. on health or nutrition. Another time it might be to help plan a small business enterprise in agriculture or other local industry It is important that the resource person knows that you want the group to discuss the subject, not just listen to a lecture.

• If they agree, arrange a time and place where they can meet the group. (Ideally the resource person will be able to come to a normal group meeting and take part in a session, but sometimes this is not possible and a special meeting will have to be arranged.)

• When you actually hold the meeting, you as the group leader, should introduce the resource person and explain why they are there and what they will be discussing.

• Before the resource person leaves, you should summarise the session and thank him or her for coming (or maybe one of the group members could do this).

What are the teaching methods used in the leaders guides?

What are the teaching methods used in the leaders guides?

The leaders guides and the activities contained in them are designed to be used in a participatory, learning-by-doing approach. The activities should be fun and interesting. They should be something the group members can enjoy and learn from at the same time. The group members should be a part of the learning process, helping to develop all of the activities. The conclusions reached at the end of each activity should be their conclusions, based on participation and group decisions. The "traditional" process in which an instructor reads to or lectures to a group should be avoided.

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