This project offers youngsters a chance to work as a volunteer at NGO Miriyawalé where they will be socially active, help another while developing themselves as grown-up active citizens.
“Train-the-trainer (TTT) courses represent the top of the training pyramid. Trainers are training
trainers, who in turn must train their trainees. This is the most demanding category of training that
any instructor will face”. (Robert O’Brien)
Background and problem analyses
At this moment more then 50% of the Malian civilization is younger then 17 years and 75% younger then 25. 75% of the youth is unemployed. Mali is one of the most poorest countries in the world with a permanent crisis in it’s education. The average birth rate per woman is 7.1 children. A lot of youngsters think that they can find their escape in Europe. Miriyawalé finds this a very qualified case and thinks that it needs to be treated. The youth in Mali is threatened by many treats; poverty, AIDS, unemployment, illiteracy, malnutrition, abuse, hopelessness and oppression. Being frustrated hanging around drinking tea doesn’t leads to development. It go’s from bad to worse. Many risks are facing them; drug use, crime, sexual promiscuity and violence. In Sikasso Mali, youngsters experience less of the positive effects of the traditional social connection that made Mali strong. Old social structures fade a way, only mistrust and uncertainty comes in its place. Also a certain way of freedom. Especially a freedom that comes from a lack of attention and indifference. It is hard for the youth to stay positive. Older Malian people know and practiced an old concept of volunteering trough the traditional “Fasso Bara” which means “work together” during the colonial and dictatorial period. Democratization and (neo)liberalization have also cost the change in individualism and materialism. These days this is more important then solidarity. This change we see in all levels of society. This is why volunteering is a rare concept for youth.
Target groups and goals of the project
ONG Miriyawalé works with kids and youngsters from the age of 0-30:
- Preschool 0-6
- Students 6-16
- Students/employees/unemployed 16-30
The volunteers of the centre are recruited starting at the age of 16-30 years.
The general goals of the project is to recruit volunteers for Miriyawalé. To give them a chance to develop themselves free of costs into active citizens who can participate into a sustainable Malian society.
With the “train the trainer” methodology, the (futuristic) trainer can learn to distinguish the difference in shape and content.
- Content (knowledge. How to supervise an activity)
- Shape (How to transfer knowledge? How to supervise learning processes; to learn others how to supervise activities.)
For this methodology we choose to get the profitability as high as possible.
From the age of 16 the visitors of the Centre can become volunteers. There are no requirements in the level of knowledge. Illiterates and educated are both welcome. We believe in the power of each human being, not of it’s limitations. All participants signs a contract so we are sure they have enough time to finish the course and they will keep their promise and motivation. Multi-problem cases are not eligible for this project because of their unstable situation. At the end of this project it is up to them to stay ore leave.
Each volunteer will be guided individual and will make a report of his own learning proses. This report can be made in all forms; drawings, a movie, pictures ore together with someone else. We encourage being creative. During registration goals will be made. At the end of the project we will look back on the goals made by each volunteer and the guidance. Based on this conversation a individual certificate will be given. It is very important that the finalization of this project is well done and the goodbye part is positive. Next to the individualism there is the group proses. The participants can learn a lot from each other. It is a very important life skill to be able to work in a team. Essential in a educational group proses is safety and courage. That is why we need clear unambiguous rules which will be discussed and repeated in meetings.
Examples of activities that will be performed by the volunteers:
- Reading arithmetic, dancing, singing, crafting, soccer practice, martial arts, cooking, sewing, filming, interviewing people etc.
- Creating a anti smoking campaign in schools
- Creating a (small) theme film festival ( finding movies, making of brochures, PR, budgeting etc)
- To give a informational lesson in the Centre
- Exam-training BAC
- Literacy to illiterate youth
- To create a rap CD in our studio
- animating a party
- Organizing together a urban youth festival
- Organizing sport competition and tournaments
The workshops (ateliers d’apprentissage)
We choose to attract external Malian trainers. In Sikasso there are several Centers who give interesting workshops like “Centre Joliba”. A variation of teachers and approaches will make sure that all participants will have what the want and need.
The four fixed workshops are:
- Guidance: encourage and motivate
- To organize an activity
- Basics knowledge “train the trainer”
- Meetings, (making notes, chairing)
- communication skills
- setting limits
- pedagogical acting
- social skills
Sustainable (development) is a pattern of resources use that aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come.
A project is by definition endless and lasts ass long as the duration of the projects. Sustainable development takes place on 3 coherent domains: People-Profit-Planet (the 3 P’s). This project focuses on micro level on the P from “People”. Sustainable social development leads to a sustainable society. A sustainable society is a righteous society in which government, civil society and individual citizens work together to ensure that nobody gets excluded, there is a social cohesion and that there is a minimum welfare level achieved and maintained. Active citizenship can be concrete as volunteering, Yes, this project is sustainable.