Discussion With Family Members (DWFM)
DWFM was designed and created by Sangeeta Shrestha, Chairperson of Slisha as an approach for working with women and children. The aim of DWFM is to create awareness, motivate and educate community members regarding the importance of the rights of women and children in the context of holistic community development through:
- discussions, case studies, role plays and demonstrations.
- interaction and involvement of all interested children (10 and 15 years) and parents. A separate children’s group can be formed for those between the ages of 7 and 10.
- Participatory methods and creating fun learning environment in the community
“Discussion with the family members” (DWFM) is that branch of programme which is imparted and experimented in the village environment. This is a basic motivation/ education given to the community members, which is indispensable for their life. Subjects in this discussion deal with every day life of the people. Imparting discussion is one thing but to motivate the people to improve their daily life is a different thing. For instance, the knowledge about construction and use of latrine is important than a mere discussion on why latrine is needed.
Discussion with family members attempts to improve the situation of women and children among the families, build a strong foundation for the children and uplift women’s value and recognition in the society. To bring improvement in the situation of women and children of any community, the male members of that community must be told the importance and need for such improvement. Therefore, discussion with family members creates awareness in the people and transforms the knowledge into practice through discussion, case studies, role-plays and demonstration.
In the village, the indigenous resources remain immobilized due to various reasons. DWFM attempts to help the people identify these resources and utilize them for changing their own situation.
This discussion is also important in the sense that it raises conscience / awareness of their responsibilities in the community about their contribution towards making their own house and community a better place.
The goal of the programme is to develop a happy and healthy family.
The following are the objectives for the programme:
- To build a strong foundation.
- To mobilize inactive human resources
- To interact with and involve the children and parents and hand over the programme to the community after augmenting their feelings.
- To enhance self-confidence and self-strength
- To introduce change in learned skills and transform into practice
- To create awareness for overall development of children and to bring improvement in their situation.
- To create collective feelings thereby developing the feeling of cooperation and unity – the feeling of “we” and “ours”
- To create an ideal society on the basis of people’s participation by improving the situation of the women
- To create fun environment in the community
- To develop ownership feeling
- All the interested women including political / social leaders, teachers, health assistants, Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) and general women of the community who are literate or illiterate.
- All the interested men including teachers, political / social leaders, and any one from the community.
- All the interested children, school going or non-school going children, aged between 10-15 years old. However, in case of smaller children, a separate group for the children between the ages 7-10 can also be formed.
Working with the group/community and not for them, we will only show the ways how to do it and then just request to change but everything has to come from the community. For that commitment is most important. Therefore, from the beginning, even before conducting the discussions, we should develop indicators together with the participants based on four areas. Every month, facilitators will have meeting where they will discuss the situation and develop lessons for coming month.
The duration of the program is two to three years. After completion of the programme there will be three different groups formed. Child clubs will be formed from children groups whose main role will be to work with VDCs and other bodies in the issue of child rights. The other two groups will be that of males and females and their main responsibilities will be to handle the situation of their communities.