LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR EMPOWERMENT
Training and retraining of members and staff is an ongoing process at WWF with a view to create the multiplier effect. WWF recognises that training needs are likely to vary across different socio-cultural-economic contexts. Consequently, the training programmes are always tailored to suit the specific needs of the participants. The training programmes do not merely rely on the traditional methods of training such as in-class lectures. Rather, a great emphasis is placed on creative and flexible methodologies which are often evolved on the spot during the training. Examples of such methodologies include: role-plays, skits, games, exercises, participative workshops, seminars and charts. Members and staff are given refresher training at regular intervals. Why women are powerless? Who is the ‘real' breadwinner for the family? Why do we follow superstitions that harm women and girls? These issues are discussed in-depth through pictures. Besides, gender equality and equity, health, financial and credit, nutrition, the issues of the girl-child, education for children are also discussed. Prior to disbursing loans, the training is given to the members. To those members who lack sufficient job skills, training in tailoring, embroidery, making candles, detergents, agarbathi perfuming and camphor are also given. The staff of WWF are given periodic refresher training in training methodology at Gandhigram Rural Institute and ICNW staff are given periodic refresher training in Managerial Effectiveness at the Natesan Institute of Co-operative Management.