Since the publication of the Nonformal Education Manual two years ago, we have received many positive comments about its usefulness from Peace Corps Volunteers and staff. It has been applied by Volunteers to their work in every Peace Corps sector area and has been translated into Spanish by Peace Corps/Guatemala.
As the manual demonstrates, nonformal education, whatever definition one uses, has more to do with helping people to clarify and address their own needs than it does with any academic concept of education. " Using nonformal education approaches, Volunteers can resolve difficulties in helping non-literate people learn accounting practices - or work with highly educated people targeted in an environmental education campaign. The techniques are as useful with people in the U.S. as they are with people in any Peace Corps country.
Because the concept of NFE is so intertwined with most areas of Peace Corps' programming, we have received many requests for a companion training module for the Nonformal Education Manual, adaptable for use in Pre-Service Trainings, In-Service Trainings, or other training events. We believe that the following design fulfills these needs.
After you use the module, please send us your comments. Let us know what you liked, what could be improved, what worked and what didn't. We'll consider all feedback in future editions of the module. Please direct comments to Information Collection and Exchange (ICE), Peace Corps
Our thanks and congratulations go to primary author Helen Fox, for her superb writing skills; to Linda Abrarns, for her inspiring ideas; and to Kay Pfeiffer, who handled the physical formatting and layout of the module.
We also wish to acknowledge here the editorial review committee for this module. We are grateful for their valuable comments and input at each of the stages of production: Peter Coursey, Program Officer, PACEM Region; Barbara Ferris, OTAPS Women in Development Coordinator; Sarah Ford, Director, Training Division, OTAPS; Jane Furey, Staging Training Specialist; Marla Handy, NFE Practitioner; Mary Schleppegrell, OTAPS Education Sector Specialist; Renée Witherspoon, Health Sector Specialist, OTAPS.
Thanks also to Returned Volunteer proofreaders Mike Pulley and Angela Bies.
Finally, to the trainers and participants for whom this module was designed go our wishes for an exciting and enriching training experience.
David Wolfe, Director information Collection and Exchange
Myrna Norris, Education Sector Specialist
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