Training Manual for
Strengthening Co‐Operatives in Cambodia
Note to the trainer
It is important to remember to consider the following:
1. You are working with active participants instead of passive recipients, in many cases even do, you the
trainer may know the answer, do ask:
• Why? to the people you are helping
• Ask them to show you how?
• and add lots of examples, a few concrete work assignments and more examples
2. Always keep MOTIVATION
3. Use simple examples
• like taking a branch and ask a person to break it, in two pieces and now take a good number of
branches and ask another one to do it,… use this as a analogy for how if they work together they
will have more power to for example negotiate better prices, etc.
• Always before explaining ask what do you think?
4. It is important to consider the timing
• The learning experiences farmers will seek out is direct related to their own experience, so it will be
better to teach closing entries when they are experience the need to learn it, so more latter on
after the Co‐operative has been formed.
• And it will be better to teach how to make decision at the beginning when they need to learn how
to elect their board of directors. Usually adults seek out a learning experience because they have a
use for the knowledge
5. You the trainer need to be familiar with:
• effective ways to present the content using a variety of techniques
• how to deal with problem participants, keep the momentum going, and how to define what
participants have learned
• Remember that hold participants attention and the ability to handle scepticism or rejection is key
• For participant that talk too long, ask to summarize so you can take notes,… too little, ask direct
what the person think,….
6. The examples that the trainer will be using need to be relevant to farmers owns life experience
• they will learn best in they have some control and active participation over the process
• use their own knowledge and experience from which to draw and apply to the current situation
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