132 Reason to Use BRIDGE

Comments of the Civic Education Module
October 17, 2008
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Final Report Ramallah, Palestine
October 26, 2008

The BRIDGE Methodology as it was presented by Ms. Rose Mutayiza, Mr. John Kamea and Mr. Romitesh Kant on Friday 25th July 2008 at the Fiji National Initiative on Civic Education Project site at 2/2 Clerk Street, Suva, will, in my view, greatly assist the NICE Project to achieve the objectives of its core business faster, more efficiently, more professionally, within the project time frame, within the allocated budget and up to the kind of standard that will inevitably leave a lifelong sense of commitment to democracy and the democratic process in the facilitators and participants for the following reasons:

The BRIDGE Methodology is-

  1. Democratic
  2. Open and transparent 
  3. Inclusive 
  4. Participatory
  5. Consultative 
  6. Flexible
  7. Purposeful
  8. Focused
  9. Logically sequenced
  10. Orderly
  11. Responsive to learner needs
  12. Positive
  13. Inspiring
  14. Energizing
  15. Exhilarating
  16. Moving
  17. Informative
  18. Educational
  19. Entertaining
  20. Refreshing
  21. Empowering
  22. Adaptable
  23. Accelerates societal evolution process
  24. Promotes unity
  25. Facilitates understanding at all levels of human existence
  26. Creates goodwill
  27. Joyful
  28. Learner friendly
  29. User friendly
  30. Not prescriptive
  31. Makes learning an attractive activity
  32. Cooperative learning methods affirm the local Pacific Island cultures
  33. Transforms ordinary citizens into champions of democracy and the democratic processes
    Builds networks of lighthouses of democracy throughout the world
  34. Bottom up approach allows grassroots people to choose their future
  35. Informs people so they can see available options and make informed choices
  36. Opens up the heart
  37. Liberates the mind
  38. Expands one’s horizons
  39. Sets the soul free to soar and reach its full potential
  40. Makes dreams of a democratic world come true 
  41. Allows every participant to experience the meaning of democracy by participating in the democratic process
  42. Affirming
  43. Believes in people power
  44. Promotes equality
  45. Respects freedom
  46. Maximizes interaction
  47. Sets clear directions
  48. Defines clear boundaries
  49. Action oriented and allows experiential learning
  50. Age appropriate
  51. Culturally relevant
  52. Contextually suitable – excellent for multicultural, multi-religious, multi ethnic groups –the differences are a source of strength, beauty and power to the group
  53. Non-threatening
  54. Interesting and captivating
  55. Activities are meaningful –“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand” 
  56. Learner centered
  57. Equal distribution of power among facilitators and participants
  58. Allows everyone to bloom
  59. Lets us be and let others be who they are
  60. Allows participants to believe in the value of their own judgments and their own voices
  61. Recognizes and builds on learners’ background knowledge, skills and experience
  62. Easy to apply to the complex concepts in the civic, voter and advocacy education curriculum
  63. Inexpensive to implement and provides an excellent blueprint 
  64. Facilitates group learning
  65. Maximizes learner input
  66. Methodology is easy to learn and easy to implement
  67. Useful to facilitators and participants
  68. Makes learning painless
  69. Makes learning meaningful
  70. Makes learning permanent
  71. Makes learning enjoyable
  72. Promotes collaborative learning
  73. Demonstrates the true meaning of “Team Work”
  74. Breaks down walls of resistance
  75. Builds bridges of understanding out of the walls of misunderstanding
  76. Creates a safe environment for learning
  77. Generates positive energy
  78. Allows for maximum creativity by facilitators
  79. Allows for maximum creativity by learners
  80. Allows for authentic and easy communication
  81. Creates an accepting environment
  82. Creates a loving and happy learning environment
  83. Provides no room for any form of discrimination
  84. Gives equal value to all voices
  85. Allows everyone to benefit from process
  86. Allows everyone to contribute to the process
  87. The facilitators do not act as if they know it all
  88. The learners are not belittled or trivialized or marginalized
  89. Learners’ background knowledge is valued and recognized
  90. Visual teaching aids assist in comprehension of complex concepts (use of the life cycle of a frog to teach the stages of Advocacy)
  91. Satisfying to those that are thirsty for knowledge and skills
  92. Variety of activities spices it up
  93. Keeps all learners engaged all the time
  94. No time is wasted
  95. No resources are wasted
  96. Just and fair method of giving and receiving information
  97. Promotes responsibility for one’s own learning
  98. Promotes collective responsibility for group learning
  99. Promotes and protects the rights of all to participate
  100. Promotes solidarity among all facilitators and participants
  101. Encourages learners to think outside of the box
  102. Promotes lateral thinking
  103. Develops problem solving skills
  104. Accelerates evolution of learners knowledge, skills and attitude
  105. Allows for shared responsibility for success
  106. Leaves no learner behind
  107. Allows equal access to information and skills
  108. Room for instant feedback
  109. Opens up the mind to the fact that knowledge is relative and there are many ways of viewing and knowing and being
  110. Develops a healthy self esteem 
  111. Gives all participants a sense of security
  112. Ongoing assessment and evaluation
  113. Ongoing improvement in the methodologies and content to suit the needs of the group
  114. Sustainable
  115. Allows for wholehearted participation
  116. Promotes universal participation
  117. In harmony with human nature and how people learn
  118. Combines best practices in the world of teaching and learning
  119. Audio-visual teaching aids maximize use of all the five senses
  120. Suitable for learners of all ages and all levels of literacy
  121. Rural community friendly – does not need expensive technology
  122. facilitators do not need advanced university degrees
  123. Results oriented
  124. Can be used to teach other information needed by the community
  125. Leads to change in behavior as a result of experience
  126. Improves one’s outlook about the teaching – learning process
  127. Allows for learner input into rules of engagement, rewards and consequences
  128. The democratic method of instruction is the best way of promoting a culture of democracy because it demonstrates what democracy is all about.  
  129. Multi-dimensional and harmonizes all available information about how to
  130. create an environment that is conducive to learning
  131. Design makes successful learning of both content and methodology not onlyassured, but inevitable
  132. THE BRIDGE METHODOLOGY ALLOWS THE NICE PROJECT STAFF TO PROMOTE A CULTURE OF DEMOCRACY IN FIJI BY PRACTICING WHAT WE PREACH ABOUT DEMOCRACY.

Copyright © 2008 by Tavenisa Diri, (M.App.Ling, Macquarie) Civic Education Associate, UNDP Fiji National Initiative on Civic Education.

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