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CLOSE THIS BOOKSolar and Energy Conserving Food Technologies: A Training Manual (Peace Corps, 1984, 175 p.)
VIEW THE DOCUMENT(introduction...)
VIEW THE DOCUMENTAcknowledgments
VIEW THE DOCUMENTIntroduction to training: defining expectations and needs, clarifying goals and objectives; identifying group resources
VIEW THE DOCUMENTLooking at your community: the potential for solar food drying
VIEW THE DOCUMENTIdentifying community needs and resources
VIEW THE DOCUMENTNutrition and solar drying
VIEW THE DOCUMENTSolar food dryers: design theory
VIEW THE DOCUMENTModel solar food dryer: design and construction
VIEW THE DOCUMENTHealth considerations in solar drying
VIEW THE DOCUMENTThe use of solar food dryers
VIEW THE DOCUMENTThe economics of solar drying
VIEW THE DOCUMENTSolar food dryers: design
VIEW THE DOCUMENTWorking with a group: dynamics and facilitation skills
VIEW THE DOCUMENTHow people learn
VIEW THE DOCUMENTSolar food dryers: construction
VIEW THE DOCUMENTStorage of dried foods
VIEW THE DOCUMENTTeaching and communication skills - Preparing demonstrations and learning activities
VIEW THE DOCUMENTIntroducing a new technology is it appropriate?
VIEW THE DOCUMENTFireless cookers
VIEW THE DOCUMENTThe use of dried foods
VIEW THE DOCUMENTPreparing for the fair
VIEW THE DOCUMENTConclusion to training

Conclusion to training


The purpose of this last session is to bring the program to a close and create a transition back to community work. In addition to evaluating the program, the participants also develop an action plan that will serve as a framework for using what they have learned during the course.


To review and evaluate the content and format of the training program, as well as the participation of all involved
To develop a plan of action for future community work


Improved Food Drying and Storage Manual, Sessions 25 and 30
Appendix G: "Ideas for Evaluation"


"Guidelines for an Action Plan", Handout 20A


Newsprint and markers
Pens and paper


1. (10 minutes) Introduction

Post a list of activities that need to be completed. Ask for other suggestions from the group. The list should include: clean up and organization of the site; evaluation; action plans; preparation for fair; finish construction projects; practice demonstrations; closing ceremony; fair; and party.

2. (1 hour) Evaluation

Select one or more of the suggestions from Appendix G. "Ideas for Evaluation." Discuss the results of the evaluation, focusing on:

- ways in which the course can be applied to future work
- how the course can be improved

3. (time as needed and available) Action Plans

Distribute and review Handout 21A, and ask if there are additions or modifications that should be made.


If time is short, have the participants complete the action plans an their own time. When the plans have been completed, you may wish to post some of them, or have a group discussion. Arrange to have the action plans mailed back to the participants after 2 or 3 months.

4. (time as needed) Final Details

Refer to the list of tasks to be completed. Have each committee take responsibility for some aspect of ending the course.


Make sure that as many tools and materials as possible are stored and returned before the fair. It is easier, and less likely that things will be lost, if the majority of cleanup and storage is done ahead of time.

5. (time as needed) Closing Ceremony


It is up to you and the participants to plan and carry out the mast appropriate closure to training. Whether during the fair or at a separate event, it should include the distribution of certificates of completion. You may also want to have a party with the end of training as its theme.


Please answer the following questions as you plan the next six months of your community work. We will send you a copy of your plan in a couple of months so you can see how well it matches with reality.

May we share this plan with others in the training course?

1. How will you use what you've learned in the course?

2. How will you involve the people in your community? In defining problems, needs, resources? Design, construction, maintenance, the technologies?

3. What problems do you anticipate regarding the introduction of any of the new technologies in your community?

4. Which technologies do you plan to introduce first, and why?

5 How do you think what you learned in this course can be applied in your community to improve health and promote self-reliance?

6. What does your "timeline" look like? By when do you hope to accomplish specific tasks mentioned above?

7. What advice would you give yourself relating to your role as a community worker?