About the graphics
Studies have shown that most people take in information faster, interpret it more accurately, and remember it better when it is presented in a visual form. The use of visual aids is especially helpful when there are language limitations between trainer and trainees. Included in this manual is a set of 17 illustrations that portray important messages about guinea worm disease. The graphics should be used with every lesson plan.
The matrix "Use of Guinea Worm Graphics" on page 18 associates certain graphics with particular lesson plans. Similar guinea worm disease factors are represented by several different graphics and others will lend themselves to lively group discussion.
The following summarizes other advantages to using graphic images in training situations:
• Since visual images work in a less direct way than oral or written methods, they can help clarify participants' values, attitudes, and feelings about a situation that otherwise may be difficult to express.
It is suggested that you use the matrix as a guide and familiarize yourself with all the graphics and how they might best be used and interpreted by your audience. If you decide not to use the graphics as an active part of your presentation, you should post them behind you or on a nearby wall. They speak for themselves and can serve to reinforce messages covered in your presentation.
The graphics provided will probably inspire ideas for their use that arc not presented in this manual. You are encouraged to develop your own training activities using all or some of the guinea worm graphics provided. Share your ideas and success stories with other Volunteers and extensionists in your area.
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