Swayam Shikshan Prayog, translated into English means experiment in self-learning. Based on the belief that people learn best from their own experiences and from the experiences of their peers, SSP works towards building networks of NGOs and women's groups through which peer learning processes are initiated and sustained. The peer learning strategy ensures that ideas and innovations are rapidly transferred. Here are some of the learning tools being used by SSP and the women's collectives to nurture and transfer innovation. The more these tools are used, the more they get refined and sharpened.

Melavas / Information Fairs : Melavas or information fairs are festive occasions which bring hundreds of women together to celebrate their achievements. Here, women have an opportunity to showcase their achievements, share their stories and address government officials.


Clusters: Local Area Networks

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Clusters of 5-10 villages are mini learning networks that keep the learning process alive. Cluster level activities bring together representatives of women from 10-15 villages where they can voice their concerns and learn from those who have already addressed problems in their own villages.


Study Tours :Study tours are usually intense learning experiences in which women travel together to visit and learn from innovative work of others. Study tours and exposure visits result in increasing the confidence of women, many of whom have never stepped out of their villages. Here link to note on CCD-SSP exchanges ?


Dialogue Fora : Dialogue workshops are structured to facilitate interactions with taluka (block) and district administration. These interactions help to acquaint women's groups with systems and procedures within the administration. It is also a means for establishing women's collectives as significant actors in the village development processes.


Resource Mapping :Resource mapping in which women's groups map out the resources in their settlements allows women to initiate a discussion on how to increase women's access to resources.


Demonstration Sites :The active women's group's ability to teach and guide the learning process will be based on their abilities to build their "expertise" through experimentation. Pilot experiments are usually the culmination of different processes of learning, training, negotiation information, dissemination and collaboration.



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