ERIC Number: ED438138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
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Spiraling towards Sustainability: Supporting Facilitator and Training Program Development through Experiential Learning.
Mullinix, Bonnie B.
This paper describes the history of a 4-year evolution of the Namibian Trainer of Trainers (ToT) program from conceptualization to sustainable implementation. After 23 years of armed struggle, most Namibian adults were in need of skills and knowledge. The project had been designed to reach out to historically disadvantaged populations and support development through adult education and action. The implementing organization, World Education, soon realized that existing Namibian nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) could carry out the program most effectively. Each NGO worked with World Education to tailor a support package that would best help them to reach their populations with needed services while increasing their capacity to do so. Among the support offerings most frequently accessed was the ToT program. To ensure a firm grounding in the sociopolitical and cultural context of Namibia, the design and development of ToT had to incorporate Namibian trainers. The program was designed to be true to andragogical principles; incorporate the experiential learning cycle both within and across sessions; and create active, constructive, and engaging environments. Each of the program's 4 years (cycles) is described in terms of the experiential learning spiral, as participants progressed from trainees to facilitators, then mentors, then master trainers. The mentored support of facilitator development along the experiential learning spiral is a carefully scaffolded cognitive apprenticeship. Today, Namibia has a self-replicating community of certified participatory trainers capable of designing and implementing a wide range of adult educational programs. (Contains 16 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Namibia