PRA workshop was conducted in Kristu Jayanti College, with the Department of Social Work in collaboration with FIDES INDIA SOCIETY an NGO working with the vulnerable sections of the society. The workshop was a three day workshop starting from 26th march 2015 and ending on 28th march 2015. The two resource persons who conducted the workshop were Fr. Riju Jose and Mr. Annachare.
DAY 1, 26TH MARCH 2015: After the formal inauguration of the PRA workshop , the session began from 10 am onwards and went on till about 4 pm. Day 1 of PRA workshop included introduction of the concept of PRA by Fr. Rjiu who explained to the social work students about the relevance of PRA and the various uses and principles of PRA. First day was completely theoretical session given to the students.
DAY 2, 27TH MARCH 2015: The second day of the PRA workshop was a mixture of theory class and practical class. During the first half of the day students were given lecture on the important tools of PRA, after which 4 most important tools were selected to be practiced in the village next day. The four tools chosen to be practiced were TIMELINE, SOCIAL MAPPING, TRANSECT WALK and VENN DIAGRAM. The students were divided into 4 groups consisting of four members each and were given one tool each. During the second half of the day the students were asked to use the four techniques within the college campus itself to let them have a practice of how to use these tools before using them in the village. The day ended with each group giving a presentation of the PRA technique they used.
DAY 3, 28TH MARCH 2015: On the final day of the PRA workshop the students were taken to a village called Chinnakurchi in Kengeri along with the two resource persons of the workshop Fr. Riju and Mr. Annachare also accompanied by few members of FIDES INDIA SOCIETY. The students who were divided into 4 groups the previous day were expected to use the tool given to them respectively. While using the PRA techniques the students were also accompanied by at least 4-5 members from the village to help the students perform the task better. The four groups of students with the help of the village people were successfully able to complete their tasks, and it all ended with each group giving their respective presentations about the PRA technique they used.
Overall the PRA workshop was highly successful for the social work students as it gave them the required theoretical knowledge as well as exposed them to a practical experience, where in the students not only learnt about the concept of PRA and its various tools and principles but also got to use those tools at a practical level.