Reflect is a diverse and innovative approach to adult learning and social change, used by over 350 organisations in 60 countries.
Education is a tool for change
Reflect links adult learning to empowerment. It began life as an approach to adult literacy. It now creates a democratic space to strengthen people's ability to speak for themselves at all levels.
Reflect projects are diverse but 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.
Changing lives through education
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.
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