Community Organising Training Manual

This manual is based on the experience of providing community organising training in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Peninsular Malaysia for which PACOS Trust, a local organisation in Sabah, Malaysia provided the COT Manual 2005 as a resource book for the training though the Indigenous Community Organising and Leadership Training (ICOLT) project of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Foundation from 2006 to 2009.

This Manual is similar to the PACOS COT Manual 2005 which consists of input materials and the process involved in training community organizers who are mainly indigenous youths with no previous exposure or training. The materials in the manual can also be used as general information for those interested in learning to conduct community organising work and must be complemented with other resource materials.

The manual consists of six modules in three different parts. Each module is estimated to be completed within 1-3 months. The methods and activity durations suggested in each module are only a guide and will need to be adjusted according to the training conditions, time, availability of materials and the participants’ levels.

Each module needs to be complemented with fieldwork and practical in order for the participants to understand and apply the principles, concepts and methods learnt during theory sessions. Some additional activities are provided in this manual, for example, the land and the community mapping workshops. Through these extra activities, participants will hopefully be able to generate ideas on activities according to the needs of their own villages.

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