Education has been seen as a process of acquiring knowledge, experience, skill and sound attitude. It makes an individual civilized, refined, cultured and educated. It has a positive effect on human life. It helps us develop healthy surroundings and also generates an advance community.
Educating people to embrace clean water might seem a challenge but when well organized and explained, community members will be more than happy to adopt a new lifestyle towards clean water.
Some communities continue to use unclean water instead of clean water due to certain beliefs, practice and lifestyle. Some communities are of the view that, river or stream water taste good than ground water.
Therefore there is the need to develop a well constructive education plan to enable communities embrace clean water.
Below are some education techniques that can be used to encourage communities to adopt clean water
• Active Participation
The beneficiaries must be active participant of the project.
Since the cleaner water project is in the collective interest of a group of people, they must be involved in the decision making, implementation and evaluation of the project . They must also be part of the sharing of the benefits.
Active involvement of stakeholders, their problems, priorities and points of view in the planning process will increase the chances of success of the project. It puts the community members in the lead during the project. The people will be able to tell you their understanding, expectations, view or phenomena about the project. Based on their understanding, you then set in to help.
Through active participatory planning, mobilization and awareness raising the local population is enabled to make a profound decision, according to their needs and taking into account the technical and institutional preconditions.
In active participation, it is important to consider the needs of the poor and marginalized groups such as women, ethnic minorities and the disabled. These will impose some kind of believe in the community members since it is democratic and encourages grassroot participation.
It will also lead to cost sharing as community members will mobilize themselves to undertake development activities. Due to this, the amount that should have been used by agent will reduce.
It will also bring development satisfaction, pride and confidence in the community members. Thus self-actualization. The people who are involved will feel they have been recognized.
With the help of a facilitator, the community must be put in a position to respond to their own needs. Community members must be engaged to address their own issues. The facilitator must create a room for discussion or promote debate and allow community members to come out with their ideas.
They ideas, ability, and experience must be respected and encouraged to trust their own ideas. They must be motivated through non-monetary consideration by recognizing their effort and praising their ability.
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