6.1 Information Collection, Use and Storage
Information plays a vital role in functional adult literacy programmes. Those involved in the programmes need to know the type of information to collect and the tools to use in collecting this information.
By the end of the session, the participants should be able to:
• Explain the meaning of “information”
c) Time: 1 hour 30 minutes.
d) Learning Aids: Newsprint or cards, markers, masking tape or blackboard and chalk.
e) Procedure and Learning Points:
[15 min.] Brainstorming.
- Facilitator asks the question “What is information?”
Step 2: Buzz session.
[25 min.] Participants in two’s or three’s are asked to discuss and identify information that is relevant to PAL programmes.
Participants present their work, which is then discussed by the bigger group.
A lot of information can be collected about FAL programmes and in this case use can be made of the needs assessment exercise which was earlier on conducted. It is important that the learners participate in the process of information collection and use. Hence, they should be encouraged to develop their own tools for information collection like arranging information in an exercise book. There is also need to develop a common information tool for both the supervisor and the instructor.
Step 3: Group Work.
[40 min.] Participants form groups of 5 - 7 people and are assigned the following task:
Discuss the role of information in FAL programmes.
• Information provides a base for establishing where the programme or community is “at”.
Information is very vital for the success of FAL programmes. It is important that the learners appreciate the vital roles of information so as to consequently plan to collect and use it.
[10 min.] Ask participants to point out what information they would consider if they were to start a FAL programme.
Prepare an information tool that you could use to gather information on FAL.
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