Community and curriculum
September 30, 2005 § Leave a comment
Chennai, India – September 22+ 23, 2005
Driving in the taxi to MSSRF, Arjit from GRASSO observed: “We came together to talk about curriculum, but we left talking about community.”
This observation came the morning after a two day workshop gathering trainers from 16 different telecentre programs in India. These are the people who will in part be responsible for ‘capacity building’ side of the Mission 2007: In Every Village a Knowledge Centre movement. They had gathered to discuss the creation of a common curriculum for training tens, or even hundreds, of thousands new knowledge centre mangers, which is a key part of the Mission 2007 vision.
Truly, this workshop was electric. It started with a round of two speedgeeks: all 16 programs had a chance to do high speed presentations about their telecentre programs in small groups. The result was a feeling of common cause, identification of shared challenges, laughter … and a clear snapshot of the telecentre movement in India. This was followed with a day and a half of intense dialogue and visioning around the question: can we get better at training people if we do it together?
The answer to this question was a resounding ‘yes’. However, the approaches identified for doing this amounted to much more than a shared curriculum. Yes, there is a need to write down much of the tacit knowledge that all of these trainers use as they do their work. But there is also a need to build out a program of workshops and online knowledge sharing which ensures that this tacit knowledge continues to flow.
In the end, telecentre.org’ s July commitment to help create knowledge centre manager training curriculum with Mission 2007 stands. Yet, the work we need to do is just as much about supporting a community of practice amongst these trainers as it is about writing things down. This will be interesting work.