A young man learning how to take blood pressure during a home care course targeting male and female dropouts in a CBO in Zarqa, Jordan.
In the Middle East there is a unique structure of Community Development Centres (CDCs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs). They have adopted poverty reduction as their mandate. Many of them tackle poverty through providing education for the community members and thus help them step out of poverty. DVV International has been working with several CDCs and CBOs in Jordan and Palestine for more than two years, providing capacity building trainings, funding mechanisms for their courses and supporting them with equipment and training materials. During this process it has become clear that providing labour-market oriented trainings are an aspiration but not a reality in most CDCs and CBOs. Only ver y few actually have the capacity to help people step out of poverty and to empower the communities they serve.
Several shortcomings have been identified in cooperation with the CDCs and CBOs that led to the development of an exemplary model of Adult Education Centres, a model which some of the CBOs and CDCs can adopt on different levels.
A woman learning to write during a literacy workshop for women empowerment in a par tner CBO in Zarqa, Jordan.
There have been many Community Centres and organisations asking for support to redefine their role, sharpening their strategies and adjusting activities. These Centres and organisations are highly trusted in local communities. They generally have good capacities to reach out to the target group and they have good understanding of the economic, social, political and cultural concerns and realities within the communities.
DVV International is working with selected CBOs to develop their capacity in Adult Education and thus strengthen their function as Adult Education Centres (AECs). Adult Education Centres contribute to poverty reduction by empowering the community through offering courses, career orientation, referrals and coaching for community initiatives that empower especially disadvantaged target groups economically, socially and politically.
The AEC offers the community the following four main exemplary services:
The analysis and model Adult Education Centre proposed is unique in two aspects:
1. It is asset-based. The concept of an Adult Education Centre redefines the role of CDCs and CBOs in a way that contributes to the sustainability of the institutions and exerts long-term impact.
2. It is evidence-based and realistic. Each angle of the concept was developed based on clear evidence, on experience of DVV International in the Middle East and other regions of the world and, last but not least, on suggestions from CDCs and CBOs themselves.
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