Photo: Isabel Carter/Tearfund
Photo: Isabel Carter/Tearfund

FACILITATION SKILLS

This issue is slightly different from most Footsteps issues. Instead of gathering articles from people with experience on different subjects, we are sharing much of the learning Tearfund has gained about facilitation skills.

Tearfund began producing PILLARS guides about four years ago to encourage participatory learning. It soon became clear that training and support in facilitation skills helped people gain confidence to make the best use of these books.

Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 60 in html.

To download a pdf version of Footsteps issue 60 click here (652K).


  • Bible study: Servants of the king

    Servants of the King.   Read Matthew 20:20-28.   Each of us needs to develop humility and servanthood in our Christian life. We need to be witnesses by what we do – not just by what we say – even if those all around us act differently.

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  • CRUDAN’s experience in facilitation training

    by Francis Ademola. CRUDAN (Christian Rural and Urban Development Association of Nigeria) is a growing organisation with a big vision! In the year 2000, CRUDAN set up new offices in five different zones of Nigeria to share their activities more widely.

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  • Effective facilitation

    by Sophie Clarke. Facilitation describes the process of taking a group through learning or change in a way that encourages all members of the group to participate. This approach assumes that each person has something unique and valuable to share. Without each person’s contribution and knowledge, the group’s ability to understand or respond to a situation may be reduced. The facilitator’s role is to draw out knowledge and ideas from different members of a group, to help encourage them to learn ...

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  • Letters

    Good advice. Our organisation, AJD, aims to encourage initiatives to improve the socio-economic situation for the vulnerable and oppressed whilst respecting environmental concerns.

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  • PILLARS in Brazil

    by Rossanna Virgínia Moreira. The PILLARS (Partnership In Local LAnguage ResourceS) guides encourage learning from people’s own culture. They share information in a way that encourages awareness of local problems and possible solutions to resolve these. The PILLARS process uses small teams working together to translate the guides into their own language. The guides include discussion of social issues and the Christian faith. They bring together people who long to make a difference to peoples’ ...

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  • Resources

    Questioning the Basis of our Work: Christianity, Children’s Rights and Development Compiled by Judith Ennew and Paul Stephenson

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  • Skills checklist

    Ask yourself these questions each time you lead a small group discussion. It will help you to assess the development of your skills in facilitation. Write down your answers and compare them over time.

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  • Useful energisers

    During meetings, workshops or training sessions there may be times when energy levels fall and people’s attention wanders. This is particularly true at the end of the morning, just after lunch or towards the end of the day. Difficult presentations, high temperatures and challenging decisions can all be made easier if there are enjoyable breaks between sessions.

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  • Using role play to learn facilitation skills

    by Isabel Carter. Some people are naturally good at facilitation. However, most of us have to work hard to become good facilitators. Learning facilitation skills through day-to-day work can take a long time. Meetings or workshops can help people to improve their skills in a short time. They can learn helpful tips and lessons that will remain with them.

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