|Introduction to the Population Education Leaders Guides (FAO)|
A group is a number of like-minded people who meet regularly together for a common purpose. There are many different types of groups - religious groups, scouts, 4-H clubs, young farmers' organizations, political organizations. In all cases though, the group members know why they are meeting together and it is something they want to do. For a group to work well, it should have the following characteristics:
1. A clear purpose: All group members should know why the group exists and agree with its aims and objectives. It must be a purpose they are interested in - e.g. because they can learn something, because they can make some money, or because it is fun.
2. A regular programme of meetings - e.g. once every week or two. Meeting times and length should also be fixed so that all members will know when to attend and how long the meeting can be expected to last. All members should expect to attend all meetings and participate fully.
3. Size: 8-15 is the ideal number for a group to work with these leaders guides so that all members have a chance to contribute to activities. If your existing group is larger than this, perhaps it would be possible to form two smaller groups when working with the guides?
4. Type of members: Group members should live under similar economic conditions and get on well with one another. The group leader should be very careful not to allow domination of the group by older or better off members.