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close this book Appropriate community technology - A training manual
close this folder Phase II: Earthen construction and fuel-saving cookstoves
View the document Phase II Calendar
View the document Session 1. Environmental health and sanitation
View the document Session 2. Traditional methods of cooking: an introduction to cookstove technologies
View the document Session 3. Fuel-saying cookstoves: gathering information
View the document Session 4. Cookstove design and innovations
View the document Session 5. Thinking in pictures: introduction to design drawing
View the document Session 6. Introduction to independent study
View the document Session 7. Cookstove operation function and design principles
View the document Session 8. Understanding the cookstove design process and soil mixes
View the document Session 9. Insolation meter construction
View the document Session 10. Cookstove construction
View the document Session 11. Nature of volunteerism: expectations beyond training
View the document Session 12. Food issues
View the document Session 13. The role of the volunteer in development: definition of appropriate technology
View the document Session 14. Stove promotion and dissemination
View the document Session 15. Explaining completed cookstoves
View the document Session 16. Evaluating cookstove efficiency
View the document Session 17. Diagnosing and repairing malfunctioning cookstoves
View the document Session 18. Other responses to fuel scarcity
View the document Session 19. Charcoal production and stoves
View the document Session 20. Custom and food
View the document Session 21. Design and construction of the second stove part one: stove base
View the document Session 22. Alternative cookstoves: presentations
View the document Session 23. Basic nutrition
View the document Session 24. Cookstove operation
View the document Session 25. Cookstove development and innovation
View the document Session 26. Cookstove information and resources/ evaluation of cookstove training

Session 3. Fuel-saying cookstoves: gathering information

Total time:

1-1/2 hours

Objectives:

To discuss the range and complexity of issues and factors to be considered when investigating the need for the promotion and/or development of new technologies

Resources:

"Socio-Cultural and Technical Checklists," Helping People in Poor Countries, pp. 31-34

Materials:

Newsprint and felt-tip pens

Procedures:

Step 1. (30 minutes)

Begin by stating the session objectives. Then - ask the participants to divide into groups of 4 or 5 in order to consider the following question:

As community development facilitators, what information would you need and what factors would you want to be aware of before deciding that there was a need for helping people improve or change the ways they cook?

Both the discussion question and the instructions for this activity should be posted on newsprint to provide participants with focus and clarity while they are working in their groups.

Step 2. (30 minutes)

Reconvene the groups and ask a representative from each group to present their lists. Facilitate any questions or discussion raised by the lists.

Step 3. (5 minutes)

Distribute copies of pp. 3134, "Socio-Cultural and Technical Checklists" from Helping People in Poor Countries and allow participants time to review the material.

Step 4. (15 minutes)

Referring to the checklists, ask participants to identify and discuss any factors that were not covered in the earlier lists.

Step 5. (10 minutes)

Ask that a volunteer participant(s) facilitate a discussion which reviews and summarizes the session.

Trainer Notes

In summarizing the session, these key issues should be highlighted:

* The importance of appreciating the complexity surrounding the promotion and development of a new technology

* The significance of social-cultural awareness ant sensitivity in the assessment of needs

* The understanding that the promotion/development of cookstove technology (or any other technology) may not always be the answer