| Forestry training manual for the Africa region |
This manual has been developed as a state-side forestry training guide, complete with exercises, for the training of prospective Peace Corps Volunteers who will serve in various African countries. This module or design lends itself to both single-country and multi-country forestry training.
Two methods were used to collect information for the Africa-specific content of the training program. Peace Corps staff in Senegal (West Africa) and Kenya (East Africa) provided the design team with needs assessments for forestry training in their respective-countries. In addition, the technical trainer visited both countries and did active research on the various tasks involved in Forestry Volunteers' extensionist roles. He also did extensive videotaping of Volunteers, their sites, trees, forest nurseries and community settings.
Combining information from the two countries' needs assessments, the trainer's active research, including videotapes, and the body of data about technical forestry skills and practices, a task analysis for the training program was developed. A list of objectives for training was derived from this task analysis, and a six-week training model designed to meet the objectives. The format and many of the exercises used in this model are patterned after the Forestry Training Manual for the Inter-America Region, which in turn drew from materials developed for other training manuals produced by the Office of Program Development, with special attention to integrating the Core Curriculum Materials.
Each session of this training program builds from the one(s) preceding it, and toward the one(s) which follow, making for smooth linkages between sessions. With minor modifications, however, sessions may be used independently, or in some cases deleted from the design.
Suggestions for location, timing and administration of the training program are drawn from experience gained during a pilot program conducted in July and August of 1982, in Oracle, Arizona. While the constraints of your setting and the availability of resources may require some modifications of these guidelines, we suggest that special consideration be given to each of the above categories, so that the training program may offer the greatest benefit to potential Forestry Volunteers.
An effort has been made to purge the instructions and materials of excessive training jargon; some, however, remains. Trainers may want to further modify the training language if it gets in the way of communicating with participants. It is hoped that the language, the instructions and the trainer's notes provided in this manual will facilitate both the trainers' presentations and the trainees' learnings in a forestry training program.