Connecting local responses around the world
It was quick … and it worked, I think !
Kausar S Khan
Twenty young men and women were being trained to become lay counselors for patients with drug resistant TB. They are getting prepared to visit the patients in their homes. The focus of the training was to develop all the competencies needed for tis sensitive work. This included listening skills, probing, exploring options, to name some elements. Information on TB and its consequences had also been included in the training.
This was a 5 days training, and a request was made by the manager of the program to introduce community engagement to the group, and two hours were allocated. It was obvious, that at best community engagement , as an idea, could be introduced, and then a taste of SALT would be provided so that participants could decide whether they need more of SALT
In the first 30 minutes, following three steps were taken :
The next 1 ½ hours were for SALT. This was introduced through the following exercises:
a) One persons narrated the story he/she had heard, and then share the lesson he/she drew from the story. After this, all the participants to share what they though were the lessons. A rich flow of lessons from the story took place. (because of shortage of time, every story could not be heard and only 1/3rd of participants could narrate the stories.
b) Processing of the exercise . Participants asked to share what they made of the exercise, and what take home messages the exercise carried for them. (though the responses were not documented, it was noted that all the stories had ‘helping/serving others as the main theme, and that ‘helping others’ being sensitive to them was a common element.)
When and where will this happen next in India? I am keen to go through SALT training in English.
Here are some responses shared on email
Joma, Aizawl, India To me PRA is a tool to measure the outcome of SALT. However PRA helps in successful implementation of SALT.
I believe what Mike has said of SALT is also true for PRA when it is used with its ideology. any PRA tool used with a community group facilitates a dialogue among the community. Out of the dialogue , as part of reflection and analysis, emerges options for action, where needed.
Dear Dr Kausar,
I see PRA and SALT as complimentary to each other. I have facilitated both.
SALT builds ownership in the community over the issue. I find that SALT brings a personal change in the facilitator. If SALT and CLC done before PRA, it can bring depth in the participatory element. then community will do PRA to collect data for their own use. Also PRA can help community take action based on evidence. They go hand in hand. I am currently using SALT and PRA tools in a IDS systemic participatory action research project.
I would love to learn from your experience as now you have tried both. Warm greetings