0.1 Basic definitions
0.1.1 TRAINING, TEACHING, LEARNING & FACILITATING.
“Training” means preparing people for work in a system by enabling them to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need. The kind of training they need depends on several factors, including:
• The educational, social and occupational background of the trainee.
0.1.2 INSTRUCTORS and SUPERVISORS.
An Instructor of Functional Adult Literacy is that person who guides and facilitates adult literacy learners during a learning session.
A Supervisor of Functional Adult Literacy is that person who ensures that instructors and adult learners are effectively involved in literacy activities.
A trainer is that person, who passes on Functional literacy skills and knowledge to the supervisors and instructors.
It is usual to make sure that trainers have a background suitable both for the training and the work. This means that recruitment must be done carefully.
When recruiting Instructors and Supervisors for Functional Adult Literacy Programme it is important to consider:
a) Their educational background (both their level of education and the subject areas).
It is not always easy to find people who fulfil all these considerations. Sometimes, to ensure the fulfillment of one of these considerations, for example, acceptability to the community will carry more weight than age. As a result, even in the same group, different Instructors and Supervisors of Functional Adult Literacy Programme may require different types and amounts of training.
The work to be done and the methodology to be used by trainers will be covered when formulating the training objectives. Here, it may be useful to mention also the training opportunities and facilities available at the place and the time the training is to take place. Time and other resources, particularly financial ones, are both in very short supply. Instructors and Supervisors are usually working already or are expected to start working immediately. Even if there was time, there would be no money to given them a long period of training.
0.1.4 PERIOD of TRAINING.
It has been said that the training of personnel for FAL should be acquired largely through short workshops and in the field. It is recommended, therefore, that the training of Instructors of Functional Adult Literacy Programme should be carried out as follows:
a) Initial Training: Consisting of a short workshop of a minimum of one week and a maximum of three weeks.
- refresher seminars
This is a broadway of seeing and doing things. Each method has a set of strategies (specific acts to apply the method). For example, training as a method of imparting knowledge, attitudes and skills can be carried out through workshops, field visit or full course as strategies.
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