| Nutrition learning packages |
|How to use the Nutrition Learning Packages: A guide for trainers|
The materials in the Nutrition Learning Packages are designed to involve trainees actively in their own learning. Self-tests, role-plays, discussions and exercises require trainees to think, discover, discuss and solve problems, rather than to learn facts by memory. This way of learning is called participatory learning. It has been found more effective than just reading or listening to lectures.
The trainees are expected to do some of their learning in a local community. Community-based training helps trainees learn with, and from, the community. They learn to work with people, instead of doing things for people.
This way of training may be new to some trainers and teachers. If it is new to you this Guide for trainers will help you use the participatory approach. Another effective way to learn this method of training would be through a workshop based on Guidelines for training community health workers in nutrition and these Nutrition Learning Packages. We hope many countries will choose to introduce the Nutrition Learning Packages through a special workshop for trainers.