"Hear and you forget, see and you remember, do and you understand" (Konfuzius)

It is widely acknowledged that participatory teaching methods (such as group discussions, practice and teaching of others) achieve a higher retention of information than passive teaching methods (such as lectures, reading).

RAS JA therefore applies a combination of different methodological approaches:

  • Individual and group consultations
  • Interactive, practical trainings including audio-visual elements
  • Demonstrations and field days
  • Experience exchange between farmers
  • Training of trainers (ToT)
  • Farmer Field Schools (FFS)

Best practices are spread through the publication of training materials, the organization's newspaper "Beles" as well as via radio and TV programs. All trainings and consultations are accompanied by provision of technical leaflets and information sheets. 

Based on the experiences of the last years, RAS JA can offer the planning and implementation of participatory assessments (PRA - Participatory Rural Appraisal), for example with emphasis on the following topics: food security, market research, rural entrepreneurship, conflict mitigation, climate change adaptation, etc.