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Mobilizing Communities Education through Participation . Christian Nielsen Live & Learn Environmental Education 87 Gordon Street Suva – Fiji [email protected] Geographical Scope. South Pacific Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea Indo-China

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mobilizing communities education through participation

Mobilizing Communities Education through Participation

Christian Nielsen

Live & Learn Environmental Education

87 Gordon Street

Suva – Fiji

[email protected]

geographical scope
Geographical Scope
  • South Pacific

Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea

  • Indo-China

Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos

maia model of learning and action mobilization anticipation innovation action
MAIA Model of Learning and Action.Mobilization – Anticipation – Innovation – Action

Education must

  • do more than inform and raise awareness
  • develop critical thinking skills
  • link knowledge to change
solomon islands population 409 000
Solomon IslandsPopulation 409.000
  • HDI Ranking 125 out of 170
  • 31.5% without safe water
  • 25.3% without access to health services
  • High levels of violent conflict
  • 17.8% dies before 40 years of age
  • Half of the population is under 25 years of age
  • 10.4% of young Solomon Islanders go onto secondary school
solomon islands population 409 0005
Solomon IslandsPopulation 409.000
  • MAIA Focus: Mobilizing Peace and Sustainable Development.
  • Environmental Issue: Logging
  • Area: Rural Island Communities in Choiseul
  • Support: Australian Agency for International Development
constraints
Constraints
  • Empowering people caught in the poverty cycle;
  • The two faces of culture and traditions;
  • Providing space for participation;
  • Community perceptions on the culture of projects;
position of privilege
Position of Privilege
  • Mapping of Community Assets vs. Identifying Community Needs;
  • Understanding Culture vs. Feeling Culture;
  • Breaking down the barriers of terminology; poverty reduction, capacity building, gender equity, sustainable development;
  • All aspects of education must challenge conflict and violence.
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Resources Constraints and Poverty caused by Conflicts and Disputes

Mobilization:

Identifying values.

Deconstructing conflict.

Research & investigation.

Problem solving.

Dialogue building.

Anticipation:

Joint vision building.

Identify and use ‘triggers to change’.

Creating realistic expectations.

MAIA

Innovation:

Opportunities and limitations of traditional knowledge/tools.

Exploring new ways of management and consensus building.

Building new partnerships with governments.

Action

Negotiation of Sustainable Water Use Agreements.

Develop participatory water - monitoring capacity.

Develop a system of checks and balances for fair and sustainable water use.

Establish role responsibilities

Creation of dialogue and Vision Building for Sustainable Water Management

outcomes
Outcomes
  • Creating space for communities to participate in forest management
  • Raising awareness among Chiefs and Church Leaders
  • Mapping of Community Assets
  • Use the environment as a vehicle to manage conflict
  • Link dialogue to action
  • Create a space for participation
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Whenever you are in doubt apply the following test: recall the face of the poorest and weakest person you may have seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of use to them’

Mahatma Gandhi

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