5.1 Integrating FAL with other Key Players
Adult learners are not alone in the development process but have other individuals/organisations with whom they collaborate.
It is therefore important to know these key players and the criteria to be used in identifying them. Finally, it is vital that the learners are linked to resources that can benefit them.
By the end of this topic, the participants should be able to:
- identify the key players which are relevant to literacy work.
c) Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
d) Learning Aids: A relationship, map, newsprint, markers, masking tape, blackboard, chalk.
e) Procedure and Learning Points:
Step 1: Facilitator’s Statement:
[10 minutes] “Man is not an island”. Facilitator then asks participants to comment on the above statement and to mention other statements similar to it.
Step 2: [20 min.] Brainstorm the participants to point out the key players for literacy work in their community. Let them draw a relationship map on which they place the identified key players.
A relationship map could look like figure below.
Step 3: Group Work: Participants form groups of 5 - 7 persons to work on the following task:
“Discuss the reasons for collaboration and give possible guidelines for selecting collaborators.” Groups put their responses on newsprint or cards.
Step 4: [30 minutes] Plenary. Groups present their work which is discussed.
Reasons for Collaboration:
- There is need to share resources and experiences
Guidelines for Selecting Collaborators
- There should be common interests
Step 5: Facilitator’s Statement:
It is always good to know the reason for entering any collaborative relationship because this will enable one to know what to expect. Similarly selecting collaborators should not be randomly done but should instead be based on a given set of guidelines or criteria.
[10 min.] In a buzz session, participants identify and discuss the different roles played by other key players. Various responses are discussed and facilitator compares these responses with his/hers.
Possible roles of Key Players in a FAL programme:
• They contribute technical knowledge and skills.
Step 7: Participants are asked possible ways of mobilising resources. Facilitator writes responses on newsprint or blackboard.
- Use of local influential leaders
Getting to know our possible collaborators/key players is a great opportunity for sharing and more learning. It is also good for the adult learner to know how to mobilise the resources necessary for making him/her functional.
[10 min.] The facilitator asks 2 or 3 participants to mention at least 3 collaborators of their own choice and the reasons why they chose them.
The facilitator asks each participant to identify an activity he/she is doing and the people/organisations he/she will work with and how he/she will reach them. The benefits of such collaboration should be spelt out.
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