Reflect is a diverse and innovative approach to adult learning and social change, used by over 350 organisations in 60 countries.
A tool for change
The Reflect approach links adult learning to empowerment. Having begun life as an approach to adult literacy, Reflect is now a tool for strengthening people's ability to communicate through whatever medium is most relevant to them.
Reflect creates a democratic space which strengthens people's ability to speak for themselves at all levels.
Although Reflect projects are diverse, they all focus on enabling people to articulate their views: the development of literacy and other communication skills is closely linked to the analysis of power relationships.
A change for life
Groups develop their own learning materials by constructing maps, calendars, matrices, and diagrams or using drama, story-telling and songs to capture social, economic, cultural and political issues from their own environment.
While members of a Reflect circle learn the basics of literacy, they are also learning how to access information or demand services more effectively. Reflect circles often strengthen people's dignity and self-confidence, as well as having an impact on improving health practices, children's education and local community organisation.
photo : ©G.M.B. Akash/Panos/ActionAid. Photo (r-hand side): ©Georgie Scott/ActionAid. Photo (bottom r-h side): ©Atul Loke/Panos/ActionAid.