A guest blog today from Community Campaigner Maddie, who we hooked up with one of our partners in South Africa. She’s spent the summer doing research for her master’s degree and got the opportunity to visit the South African Reflect Network to see some of the work we support on the ground.
In July I had the exciting opportunity to visit a training day for REFLECT practitioners in South Africa. REFLECT is a teaching method that’s used by many of ActionAid’s partners to empower communities and the people we work with.
I spent the day with members of the network as they were training community workers in the REFLECT methods. The day was filled with exercises that helped the community workers construct fun and exciting lesson plans in which they could facilitate, rather than control people’s learning.
What I found so amazing about the day was the people. The community workers were so open, enthusiastic and eager to use what they had learnt in whatever field they worked in across the country. For some this was to help children read and write, and for others to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in their own communities.
I think this approach truly captures learning that can be meaningful and empowering by placing the individual’s needs first. It was really practical and hands-on, and anyone can do it.
I had a great day and really got to better understand what ActionAid’s partners do on the ground.