Module Objectives:

By the end of the module, participants shall be able to:

  1. visualize a common vision for their community;
  2. identify key development players that will help in the realization of the community vision;
  3. develop practical strategies on how to utilize housing rights as tool for empowering urban poor people; and,
  4. formulate strategies on how to achieve their common vision.

Module Description:

Session 1: Community Development Vision
Activity 1: Picture Frame. This is a visual activity that discusses the present situation of the community, the vision of an alternative situation and the means to achieve this vision.
Activity 2: Development Players. Through a group workshop, the requisites for the ideal situation and the key actors in the realization of the ideal situation is discussed.
Session 2: Strategies for Change
Activity 1: Law as Weapon. Through a workshop, strategies on how to protect and promote individual and collective housing rights will be discussed as a means to practice human rights in their daily lives.
Activity 2: Planning for Change. As the last activity, participants are encouraged to formulate their own plans on how to address specific community problems through their own collective efforts.

Module Activities:

Session 1: Community Development Vision

Activity 1: "Picture Frame"

Materials Needed:
art materials
crayons/colored pens
kraft paper

A. Process

  1. Divide participants into 3 groups. Each group will discuss the following:
  2. After discussion, each group will draw 3 picture frames showing the above situations.
  3. In a plenary, each group will present their 3 picture frames while the rest who are watching ask clarificatory questions in relation to the presented frames.
  4. During each group's presentation, write on the board the contents of the frames. The board will look like this:




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B. Synthesis

  1. Synthesize the results of the sharings according to the above diagram.

Activity 2: "Community Development Players"

Materials Needed:
kraft paper
masking tapes
art materials
crayons/colored pens

A. Process

  1. Maintain the groups as in the preceeeding activity. Ask the groups to further deepen discussion on the following:
  2. Ask each group to draw a diagram illustrating the roles of the key development players who will orchestrate efforts towards achieving their ideal situation.
  3. In a plenary, ask each group to share their drawings.

B. Processing/Deepening

  1. As each group reports, cluster the different key development players according to the roles they are going to play in achieving the ideal situation.
  2. Give time for participants to ask clarificatory questions in relation to the reports.

C. Synthesis

  1. Synthesize the discussion based on the reports with an illustration of the different components and key players in a community development plan.
  2. Then, illustrate further the above synthesis points through a concrete example, referring to any of the "ideal" and "means" situations created by the participants.

Session 2: Strategies for Change

Activity 1: "Housing Rights as Weapon"

Materials Needed:
Kraft paper
pentel pens
masking tape

A. Process

  1. Divide participants into groups. Ask each groups to discuss the following:
  2. Ask each group to report what they have discussed.
  3. After each report, let them ask questions and clarifications.

B. Processing/Synthesis

  1. Summarize contents of the reports and highlights common as well as distinct points raised during the discussion.

Activity 2: Planning Towards Change

Materials Needed:
kraft paper
pentel pens
masking tape

A. Process

  1. Divide participants into groups. Ask each group to discuss the following:
    1. Which of the problems discussed in the previous activity do they, as a group, intend to carry out? What is the role of men and women?
    2. What specific problem of women they want to address?
    3. Which of the housing rigths issue or concern they wish to focus on.
  2. Ask them to formulate a Program of Action that they wish to carryout in a particular period (1 - 5 years). In making the plan, remind them to identify possible obstacles that will affect the implementation of the plan and include in the plan, strategies to overcome these obstacles.

B. Input

  1. Provide a short input on how to make a plan.

C. Processing/Discussion

  1. Ask each group to present their plan to the big group. Provide time for discussion and questions.

D. Synthesis

  1. Wrap up the activity by highlighting key points discuss.
  2. Since this is the last activity in the training program, ask everyone to say one short phrase summing up their feelings about the whole training course.
  3. As an overall synthesis, present key points discussed in a schematic diagram.