This teachers' guide (118 pages including worksheets and assessment sheets) comes with an 18-minute-long video showing how the pack was used in some of the 30 schools involved in developing it. It is a joint project from 5 leading development agencies in the U.K.: ActionAid, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam and Save the Children. It is co-funded by the Department for International Development (DfID). It focuses on how to facilitate and assess active global citizenship in the classroom. It provides a structure for students to manage their own learning and allows them to move from thinking about issues that are important to them, to planning and participating in action, and reflecting on their on performance and assessing their work. A range of innovative and participatory activities are included to promote a skills-based approach rather than a content-based approach, so they can be used within different subject areas and with all ages. The aim of the guide is to provide an experience of being able to make a difference through action; to develop skills of enquiry, participation and reflection; and to develop an understanding of the world as a global community, and to discuss the political, economic, environmental and social implications of this. The methodology is based on PRA (Participatory Rural Appraisal) with visualization techniques, practical exercises and games.
Using participatory research methods to explore the learning environment of rural primary school pupils.
This article reports on research carried out in case study schools from Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and India, to investigate the use of agriculture as a medium for the development of young learners' basic skills of literacy, numeracy and other life skills. The findings were aimed to provide decision-makers at national and international level with information for future planning and implementation of primary education programmes. PRA methods were used to learn more about the formal environments of primary schools, through facilitating the analysis of the school situation by teachers, pupils and parents.