The who, what, when, where, and why of animation skills
(NOT FOR GUINEA WORM ONLY)
The manual was written to be used by Peace Corps trainers who seek to train Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) and other extensionists in the use of nonformal education and animation techniques-especially in guinea worm endemic countries. By using the manual, trainers will also instruct their students on guinea worm and its prevention.
The manual is also to be used by Peace Corps Volunteers and extensionists to prepare animations for field activities.
The activities in the manual were designed for a literate group, but with simple adaptations and appropriate use of graphics, most activities can be used with low literacy and nonliterate groups, including children. The manual is developed to be used in West Africa.
Animation Skills (Not For Guinea Worm Only) was written for the ultimate purpose of providing Peace Corps Volunteers from all programming sectors with the ability to use nonformal education techniques. The manual is specifically tailored to instruct rural West Africans on guinea worm disease prevention, but the techniques presented can be adapted to any topic-thus the manual is "Not For Guinea Worm Only."
This manual is also to be the means through which these same Volunteers arc trained to employ nonformal education techniques and guinea worm disease prevention. Animation Skills (Not For Guinea Worm Only) is therefore an important resource to be used in Peace Corps pre-service and in-service trainings taking place in guinea worm endemic countries.
The manual is the result of three months of visits to five endemic countries in West Africa. During the visit, Peace Corps Staff met with more than 200 Volunteers from all program sectors and many of their Host-Country counterparts to establish priority needs and concerns for the cross sectoral training materials that would be developed for the manual. The materials were then field-tested by Volunteers in two countries.
Animation Skills (Not For Guinea Worm Only) is designed primarily as a tool for Peace Corps pre-service and in-service training but also is intended for use by Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) in their field work.
In the field, this manual can be used to plan activities related to guinea worm eradication or any other topic-anytime a participatory learning/teaching experience is called for.
Animation Skills (Not For Guinea Worm Only) has been developed for use in all guinea worm endemic countries of West Africa. Research and field testing visits were made to Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mauritania, and Niger. Each country is rich in ethnic and cultural diversity. With respect for the myriad existing cultural variation, the lesson plans and graphics in this manual were developed for the overall experience and cultures of West Africa. Anyone using materials from this manual should attempt to adapt lesson plans appropriately to the specifics of the region where they live and work.
The activities described in the manual can take place indoors or outdoors, in a formal classroom or under a large tree in the middle of the village. With creativity and flexibility on the part of facilitators, the ideas presented here can be implemented anywhere.
Guinea worm disease can be and must be eradicated. Animation Skills (Not For Guinea Worm Only) responds directly to the PCV and Peace Corps (PC) training staffs' most frequent request during the research phase of this manual's preparation-the desire and need for more animation skills.
In this manual, two priorities are addressed:
1. Animation skills for Volunteers and field extensionists;
2. Instruction of Volunteers and extensionists working in a variety of programming sectors in guinea worm disease and its prevention.
The wide use of this manual will contribute to more competent Peace Corps Volunteers in the field and will help continue the significant progress made toward total eradication of guinea worm disease in West Africa.
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