|Small Scale Irrigation Systems: A Training Manual (Peace Corps, 1983, 82 p.)|
The schedule for this two-week training workshop is divided into subject matter sessions within one-half day periods. Part A of the manual is a brief outline of the objectives and methodology for each of the sessions and Part B of the manual contains the teaching units which serve as subject matter content and organization. In each session, reference will be made to the teaching unit that provide the basis of the content for that session. While suggestions are made on teaching methodology, it is recognized that the local situation and preference of the teachers will dictate variations in the methodology used.
The time indicated for a particular session should be considered as a guide only. The actual time needed will depend on the specific teaching situation such as ability level of the participants, ratio of PCV's to HCN's, need for and skill level of translator, location of field work area in relation to classroom, etc. Not shown in the schedule are evening sessions or a Saturday session. Evening sessions may be scheduled to meet special needs. A Saturday morning field trip to observe an established irrigation system or any other appropriate field trip is a possibility.
In teaching each of the sessions, it is suggested that stress be placed on the lesson objectives. The material will be more meaningful if the learner understands the context in which the discrete items of information will fit. The materials needed for each session have been identified and where appropriate specific procedures and instructor notes have been included. It will help the progress of the learning experience if the learners will read the reference material prior to the instruction. Much of the material presented is very specific and lends itself to hands-on field experience.
Local and site-specific conditions will influence many of the specific examples, problems and field exercises. For example, climatic data for the locality will make the exercise of calculating water requirements for a particular crop more meaningful. Some field exercises, e.g. water flow measurement, cannot be done if water is not available.
This workshop has been designed to be given by two experienced professionals: one with a practical knowledge of irrigation system design, operation and maintenance, the other with adult education experience. Both professionals should have developing country experience.
It is recommended that one member of the team go into the country at least one week before the workshop to make a site visit and obtain local data and materials which will be required.