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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 15 Whither children's hour? An experimental PRA among labouring rural children

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 15 Whither children's hour? An experimental PRA among labouring rural children N. Narayanasamy, B.R. Dwaraki, B. Tamilmani and R. Ramesh Introduction Thus a three day workshop was held in June 1994 with the stated objectives being to: Normally in any village meetings, children are the first to come and last to leave, no matter · Explore whether the different PRA what the meeting is convened for, who are to be methods could be used with children. addressed and what are the transactions. · Examine whether children have an However in the use of PRA, the emphasis is understanding of the various dimensions normally placed on adults and the elders. of family and social life. Children are considered more of a hindrance than a help. We collaborated with an NGO called Peace Trust based at Dindigul which is serving This is counter to our experience at children in particular. They chose for the Gandhigram Rural Institute in Tamil Nadu, workshop a village 10km from Dindigul, called India where it has been seen that children are Gandhinagar where they ran an Education potential informants. Our observations on many Centre for Children (ECCL). an occasion in villages ...

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