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Old Nov 16, 2008, 8:54 AM   #1
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Maybe some (rightfully) wonder why I have the privilege to go to SA every now and then. It's volontary work (no pay but all expenses paid) for a Swedish ngo doing adult education through a participatory method we call Study Circles. In SA we do the training of study circle facilitators/leaders for the study circle groups. The long term goal is to strengthen democracy and participation from grassroots' level and hopefully upwards. We work together with various South African organisations, this time our participants were young persons from the ANC.

The facilities are "basic level low budget":lol:


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Old Nov 16, 2008, 9:01 AM   #2
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A lot of the training is through problem solving group work. Our local instructor and interpreter Mama Seku intervenes to help the group getting forwards.

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No work gets ahead without a coffe break. The catering team prepares all meals.

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Young activists take on a lot of responsibilities. "What happens if they can'tget in touch and askme!!!":-)

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Old Nov 16, 2008, 9:11 AM   #5
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The course finishes with an evaluation led by my colleague Gillian.

Thanks for looking,

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I am not really sure that I understood what that work is about, but I like the idea. As for "basic level low budget"... I often saw that tactics produce way better results as what other programs achieved. It's the people that do the job, not the money. I meet with other people once a year in a very basic camp, some of them can't pay for it being there and thus they "pay" with providing lectures/sessions/whatever-you-call-it or give a hand here and there through the days. While money is short, the days are very "full" of everything else, it's an intense long weekend which leaves you weak in the body but relaxed and refreshed in mind.

Can you imagine what might(!) happen when the officials would spent just 5-10% of the cash they waste on other stuff into such work you do and I am talking about? But I never saw that happen, so sad...

Hm, I lost track. Thanks for sharing and have fun!
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Interesting cross between new world technology and back to the basics. Seem like a rewarding process when you can see others less fortunate making progress towards making their lives better.

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Thanks again for sharing, Kjell. Quite an interesting project. Sounds like what more people ought to be involved in all around the world.

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volunteering can be great fun and very rewarding (not cash wise)
these photos tell a good story
i like the 2 legged easel and the daily plan

have fun

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Gumnut wrote:
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volunteering can be great fun and very rewarding (not cash wise)
these photos tell a good story
i like the 2 legged easel and the daily plan

have fun
More like one and a half plus four! :G

thanks Kjell for sharing your experience with us. I agree with what the others said.
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