Education Modules

Freedom from Hunger has developed a distinct approach to learner-centered education for women who come together regularly in groups for access to financial services. 

Education topics deal with common problems of health and nutrition as well as management of household money, utilization of financial services and business skills. Most modules are available in both French and Spanish as well as English. Each module includes a Trainer’s Guide, which provides information and skill-development activities that are implemented during a three-day workshop for training field agents or community workers in how to implement the sessions with the women.

Our Education Modules and Trainer’s Guides are available to organizations who have entered into partnership agreements with Freedom from Hunger. Partnership agreements are negotiated to meet the specific needs and constraints of the practitioner organization. We encourage interested parties to contact us via e-mail at [email protected] or contact one of our regional offices directly to learn more about partnering with Freedom from Hunger.


Our education modules have four core attributes:

Relevance

  • The content is determined by the needs and concerns of the target group—women who are chronically hungry—that emerge during community-based research.
  • The characters and content of the visuals, stories and case studies reflect the lives of the women served.
  • The methods and materials encourage women to share personal experiences and goals and to address issues and concerns that are important to them.
  • Women easily recognize the benefits of using the information and skills learned during the sessions in their homes and businesses.
  • Guidance for how to adapt the content is provided to ensure the content remains relevant to different community-based contexts.


Focus on Changes in Practice or Behavior

  • Each session in a training module contains information that is simple but essential to supporting a change in practice or behavior.
  • The desired practices and behaviors are stated in the training module, along with the objectives of each session. This provides clear guidance to trainers on what the training module was designed to achieve.
  • The desired practices and behaviors are attainable. Women can adopt the new practices and behaviors because the practices and behaviors recognize the women’s level of decision-making authority at the household level as well as the limit (or abundance) of their assets, such as time, money, mobility, availability of related services, determination, courage and concern for family.
  • The desired practices and behaviors are attainable within 3–5.5 hours of cumulative contact time with the material.


Enjoyable

  • The methods use familiar and safe techniques, such as discussions, stories, skits, games and pictures.
  • Each session can be implemented in less than 60 minutes (typically 30 minutes) to enable women to participate despite work and family responsibilities.
  • The activities encourage participation and solidarity. Women leave feeling energized and informed.
  • The group-based learning builds connections among women and provides a safe place for them to share their ideas, problems and achievements.
  • Illiterate women can participate fully in each session. Their lack of literacy does not affect their ability to engage with the material nor limit their contribution in groups of women of varying levels of literacy.


Easy to Use

  • Materials required to implement the sessions are minimal and available in the immediate environment (for example, leaves and stones) or are easy to reproduce and hand-carry.
  • Each session addresses one issue so that women receive complete information in a single session and the sessions can be delivered days or weeks apart.
  • The content that needs to be adapted is clearly identified, and suggestions are provided for how to complete an adaptation.
  • Clear, simple and precise language is used. Each session contains complete instructions on how to organize each step, including questions to ask and what information to provide.
  • For more complex topics, a section on Frequently Asked Questions and Resource Materials is included.


Types of Education Modules

Health Modules

  • Confronting malaria in our community. Technical Learning Conversation series. (2006, 2005). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English and French)
  • Diarrhea—Its management and prevention. Learning Session series. Vor der Bruegge, Ellen with Vicki Denman and Robb Davis. (2003, 2002). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English and Spanish)
  • Facing illnesses that attack our children. Learning Session series. Davis, Robb with Ellen Vor der Bruegge and Vicki Denman. (2001, 2002). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (availble in English, French and Spanish)
  • Healthy habits for life. Technical Learning Conversation series. (2008) Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English and Spanish)
  • Health micro-insurance—Preparing to face Illness. Technical Learning Conversation series. (2010) Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English only)
  • Improving breastfeeding—Everyone can help. Learning Session series. Davis, Robb with Vicki Denman and Ellen Vor der Bruegge.  (2003). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English, French and Spanish)
  • Infant and child feeding: Helping young children to eat and grow well. Learning Session series. Davis, Robb with Ellen Vor der Bruegge and Vicki Denman. (2003). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English, French and Spanish)
  • Learning games for girls. (2009). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English only)
  • Plan for better health. Technical Learning Conversations. (2008) Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English, Spanish and French)
  • Planning your family. Learning Session series. Vor der Bruegge, Ellen with Vicki Denman and Robb Davis. (2003). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English, Spanish and French)
  • Preventing HIV/AIDS: It is our choice. Technical Learning Conversation series. (2006). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English and French)
  • Self-esteem: Confidence and capacity to meet life’s challenges. Learning Session series. Denman, Vicki with Ellen Vor der Bruegge and Robb Davis. (2004). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English, French and Spanish)
  • Using health care services. Technical Learning Conversation series. (2008) Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English, French and Spanish)
  • Women’s sexual and reproductive health. Technical Learning Conversation series. (2008). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English and Spanish)
  • Confronting Malaria in Our Community. Pictorial Learning Conversations. (2011) Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English and French)
  • Respiratory Infections: A common danger to our family and community. Technical Learning Conversations. (2012). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in Spanish)
  • Healthy Families: Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.  (2012). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English, Spanish, Bengali and Oriya)


Business Modules

  • 4 steps to a better business. Technical Learning Conversation series. (2009). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English, French and Spanish)
  • Accessing the state regs under National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) 2005. Technical Learning Conversation series. (2006). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English)
  • Increase your sales. Learning Session series. Stack, Kathleen with Ellen Breyer and Mary McVay. (2004). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English, French and Spanish)
  • Manage your business money. Learning Session series. Stack, Kathleen with Ellen Vor der Bruegge and Mary McVay. (2004). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English, French and Spanish)
  • Plan for a better business. Learning Session series. Stack, Kathleen with Ellen Vor der Bruegge. (2004). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English, French and Spanish) 


Money Management Modules

  • Bank services: Know your options. Global Financial Education Program series. (2006). Washington DC: Microfinance Opportunities. (available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Russian)
  • Budgeting: Plan how to use your money. Technical Learning Conversation series. (2008). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger (available in English and Spanish)
  • Budgeting: Use money wisely. Global Financial Education Program series. (2006). Washington DC: Microfinance Opportunities. (available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Russian)
  • Debt management: Handle with care. Global Financial Education Program series. (2006). Washington DC: Microfinance Opportunities. (available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Russian)
  • Financial Negotiations: Communicate with Confidence. Global Financial Education Program series. (2006). Washington DC: Microfinance Opportunities. (available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Russian)
  • Learning games for girls. (2009). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English only)
  • Remittances: How to make the most of them. Global Financial Education Program series. (2006). Washington DC: Microfinance Opportunities. (available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Russian)
  • Risk management and insurance: Protect your family’s future. Global Financial Education Program series. (2008). Washington DC: Microfinance Opportunities. (available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Russian)
  • Savings: Every day counts! Facilitator’s Guide. Technical Learning Conversation Series. (2008). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (available in English and Spanish)
  • Savings: You can do it. Global Financial Education Program series. (2006). Washington DC: Microfinance Opportunities. (available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Russian)
  • Young people: Your future, your money. Global Financial Education Program series. (2008). Washington DC: Microfinance Opportunities. (available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Russian)
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