Reading, writing and cultivating
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CTA. 1994. Reading, writing and cultivating. Spore 51. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Reading, writing and cultivating : a resource book for post-literacy trainers based on experiences in Senegal by Juliet Millican 92pp ISBN 90 6443 010 1 Available from CTA.
When the people of a very rural community in north Senegal found themselves facing encroaching desert, failing rains and consequent failing crops, the government stepped in and put in place irrigation schemes. However the whole operation became too much of a burden for the government and the farmers wanted more autonomy in running the scheme. The withdrawal of funding and support forced the farmers to organize themselves to obtain credit, understand it and learn how to pay it back. Consequently the need to learn to read and calculate suddenly became linked with the productivity of food, and therefore survival. The author of the book Reading, writing and cultivating arrived in the community at this point to work on a literacy programme. As well as finding a community that was becoming aware of its literacy needs, she found a group of literacy teachers who were committed, enthusiastic and anxious to learn. Working together they looked at many different ways of learning, and questioned the local people closely as to how the learning would help them with the tasks they had to perform. Eventually they decided to record their ideas, not only for their own future use but for the benefit of those with similar needs and experiences and that was how the book came into being. Reading, writing and cultivating looks at the role of literacy in agricultural development and then describes practical methods of application: designing a post-literacy course; planning a lesson; organizing learning activities; making and using materials; how to use theater, puppets and music. All sections are simply explained and make ample use of line drawings and diagrams. The annex contains much additional useful information such as how to draw on a blackboard with practical 'how to' diagrams; how to devise literacy games; and how to make puppets. Instructions are also given for making books and a bookpress, and for making a free-standing flip-chart. Reading, writing and cultivating : a resource book for post-literacy trainers based on experiences in Senegal by Juliet Millican 92pp ISBN 90 6443 010 1 Available from CTA.