Facilitation Practice

Sadaf Kashif
Posted April 15, 2016 from Pakistan


Digital Empowerment

One Day Training Program

Date and Venue:

The training took place on 13 April 2016 at EDO Health Office in Bahawalpur city of Pakistan. The training proposal and agenda was prepared with the help of Dr. Zakir Ali, District Surveillance Officer to meet for fine-tuning of the agenda of training and coordination of assistance.

Training Team:

The members of training team were

  1. Sadaf Kashif World Pulse Fellow
  2. Dr. Zakir Ali District Surveillance Officer
  3. Mrs. Fozia Social Activist
  4. Mr. Asad Ahmed Human Right Activist


The draft agenda was approved prior to the training, which was approved by all training team. The agenda points were:

  1. Opening and Introduction of Participants
  2. Concept of Child Marriage
  3. The Concept of Digital Literacy
  4. Introduction of Social Media
  5. Mobile Phones and Development
  6. How to Share Stories
  7. Safety and Security
  8. Introduction of World Pulse
  9. My Elevator Pitch and Note of Thanks


The training was attended by Ms. Shugufta Safdar (Community Leader), Sadia Wahab (Social Activist), Anila Tariq (Chairperson Local NGO), Farah Fareed (Social Activist), Saima Akhter (Community Member), Naila Ejaz (Community Member), Sobia Ashraf (Member of political Party) and Sheeba Naaz (Child Marriage Victim), Mr. Ashfaq Ahmed (Religious Scholar) and Mr. Irshad Rao (social activist).

The Training:

Session one:

The opening of training was done with an ice breaker that required participants to line up alphabetically. Mr. Zakir Ali then gave opening remarks and asked participants and trainers to give their one line introduction.

Session Two:

This session was taken by Dr. Zakir Ali and was used to establish the understanding of the concept of Child Marriage. Participants agreed that the minimum age for marriage should be 18 years. Religious Scholar Mr. Ashfaq Ahmed argued that the girl should be married after her first periods. The social activist Ms. Farah Fareed encountered her argument by saying that although child marriage is not good for both girl and boy but among them girls are extremely the most affected due to health issues after pregnancy.

Session Three:

The session was taken by Ms. Sadaf Kashif who shared the following definition of Digital Literacy with participants:

“Digital literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet”.

Then the social media who are computer maintained tools like Facebook, twitter, youtube whereas mobile social media like whatsapp, imo, viber etc were discussed to educated participants regarding their use to share ideas, exchange information, pictures and videos of child marriage incidences and victims to come up with solutions and for creating positive impact among socities. The participants were also trained for different ways to share stories related to child marriage through different social media channels.

Session Four:

In this session the protocols for safety and security were introduced. World Pulse was introduced with participants and I also shared my elevator Pitch with participants.

Group Activity:

Activity 1:

Participants were divided into two groups and were asked to write on charts that how social media can be used positively to create awareness and share stories, some solutions to solve the issue and recommendation for my campaign.

Activity 2:

Two different scenarios were given to participants in which they were required to identify safety and security measured while using social media at home and internet cafe.

Outcomes of Training:

  1. Child Marriage definition was properly understood and participants agreed that this is endemic and there is a need to involve communities to end this.
  2. Participants were well equipped with different measures they can use to keep themselves safe and secure while using internet.
  3. Participants got the basic idea of story sharing and how to engage themselves with social media to share stories, ideas and pictures related to child marriage.
  4. Participants appreciated the world pulse initiative and they got the basic idea of my campaign.

Submitted by:

Sadaf Kashif

Lesson Learned:

The most important lesson I learnt from my experience was that always keep contingency plan with you. During training my internet connection crashed. I tried to continue but I felt that participants were losing the interest and they were not focusing on what I was saying. Later connection was restored but at one point I felt that I was losing them as well. This became one my important lesson learnt. The training plan should be fool proof.

Overall this experience was wonderful. I got confidence and motivation as I felt that this is the most rewarding job I should continue. I discovered counselors and mentors inside me.

Difficulty and Strategy for Next Training:

The engagement of less outgoing participants was the challenge and most difficult part. I experienced that these participant were having important points those should be contributed while activity but they were reluctant to share. This difficulty will be overcome through team learning by increasing involvement in group activity in next training.

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Sally maforchi Mboumien
Apr 16, 2016
Apr 16, 2016

Hi Bella

I like the report. I have learned how to write a brief report which was the immediate challenge I had. Congratulations on the success registered and courage to overcome your difficulty.

Thanks for sharing.

Sadaf Kashif
Apr 16, 2016
Apr 16, 2016

Dear Masalien,

First of all I would like to say thanks for your appreciation. Second I want to say that feel free for any kind of help any time. I am 27/7 available to support you.


Chinyere Okoh
Apr 16, 2016
Apr 16, 2016

Thank you that the effort you put into your work. It's amazing and outstanding since you focus on child marriage, a critical setback affecting children. Keep it up.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Apr 17, 2016
Apr 17, 2016

Wow Bella, You have done amazing work and made us very proud. Thank you for sharing this is amazing. All the best my dear sister

Apr 17, 2016
Apr 17, 2016

Dear Bella, I love the report and I especially love the cross section representation of the participants. It is great that you touched on something important as child marriage and helped the people see the dangers. Keep empowering.

Apr 25, 2016
Apr 25, 2016



I thank you very for sharing this other post concerning your exercise on facilitating practice.

Actually, there is nothing wrong about the topic discussed, syntax, grammatical analysis, as well as the right way ideas are arranged that I celebrate!

However, because there is no medal without setbacks, let me note the following brief comments:

1. Because your facilitation plan is resulting from the method learned through the modules included in the training manual of World Pulse, I think that it would be necessary to apply the facilitation framework suggested by WP.

2. In my view, Plans and Project presentation canvas contain relatively standardized headings; even though they may vary regarding Homes and Organizations. We do not invent the canvas, it only adapts to circumstances.

Your facilitation exercise being of a duration of one day, I think you would have had to apply the canvas below, suggested in World Pulse training manual; I quote:

"Date of Training:

Name (s) of Trainer (s):

Name of partner organization (s) (if applicable):

Location of Training (city, district, country):

Topics Covered:

Length of Training (1 hour, 1 day, etc.):

Other information about your training you wish to share with World Pulse ".

3. I also do think that Dr. Zakir Ali [District Monitoring Officer] who was a guest among the others, there was no need to discuss with him especially on site the facilitation agenda. I have to imagine that you had invited Him as an authority representing the public power.-

4. A small question: The co-facilitators; Dr. Zakir Ali, Mrs. Fozia, and Mr. Asad Ahmed; were they previously briefed, trained and made to read the WP training methods and tools modules? I think of the "Intro to DET 'module.

5. I think the manual and training modules suggest that 3 volunteers Co-facilitators to nominate among participants simply have such roles, I quote: "Note-takers, Time-keepers, and Photographers"; and not animating the materials of training or awareness themes!

6. In my humble opinion, this is the agenda of a meeting that is approved by the participants and not a training issue. The training theme is made known to the participants in advance; before they even reach the place of training or awareness.

7. "A long journey begins with a single step!” I think that the number of topics discussed during this exercise facilitation is relatively excessive, in relation to the planed time!

8. Regarding the participants, I think the number is “ultra petita” and is not representative. Indeed, the main concerned [parents, boys and girls ... were not invited]! 9. Finally, I think it is not in the step of introducing that the small discussing groups on given subjects are formed.   

10. "At Session 3" as You calls it, Ms. Sadaf Kashif should not have to have another "literacy" to do than to present World Pulse and the definition of "DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT" as, I quote: "Digital empowerment is HAVING the knowledge, tools, and resources to use digital technology to accomplish achieve one's full human potential".

11. In my view, the results reported are suffering comparing from activities planned and actually implemented! Meanwhile, the definition of "early marriage" was not explained or understood.

12. There are many other points raised in this exercise; but let me conclude my comments by reminding and recommending the following scheme [contained in the training manual of World Pulse] which would have served:

"• Agenda and goals

• Objective Handout

• Training goals and objective written on wide paper

• Setting the Tone examples

• Large paper or whiteboard / blackboard, markers, tape + "Invocation" activity ... "


Once again, thank you Mrs BELLA BEE, for having shared this exercise.

Good bye!


French :

Bonjour BELLA BEE,

Merci de nous avoir partagés cet autre poste portant votre exercice sur la pratique de facilitation.

A vrai dire, il n’y a rien à redire quant à la thématique abordée, la syntaxe, l’analyse grammaticale,  ainsi qu’à  la bonne manière dont les idées sont agencées.

Cependant, parce qu’il n’y a pas de médaille sans revers, permettez-moi de relever les petites observations suivantes :

1. Votre plan de facilitation [résultant de la méthode apprise à travers les modules repris au manuel de formation de World Pulse], il eut fallu appliquer le canevas de facilitation suggéré par WP.

2. A mon avis, les canevas de présentation des Plans et des projets contiennent des rubriques relativement standardisés ; mêmes s’elles peuvent quelque peu varier selon les Maisons et les Organisations. On n’invente pas les canevas, on les adapte aux circonstances !

Votre exercice de facilitation étant d’une durée d’une journée, je pense que vous auriez dû appliquer le canevas ci-dessous, suggéré dans le manuel de formation de World Pulse ; je cite:

« Date of Training:

Name(s) of Trainer(s):

Name of partner organization(s) (if applicable): 

Location of Training (city, district, country):

Topics Covered:

Length of Training (1 hour, 1 day, etc.):

Other information about your training you wish to share with World Pulse”.

3. Je pense en outre que le Dr. Zakir Ali, [District Surveillance Officer] ayant été un invité parmi les autres, il n’y avait pas nécessité de discuter tout particulièrement avec lui sur place, de l’agenda de facilitation. Je dois m’imaginer que vous l’aviez invité en tant qu’Autorité représentant le pouvoir  publique.-

4. Une petite question : Les Co-facilitateurs ; Dr. Zakir Ali,  Mrs. Fozia, et Mr. Asad Ahmed ; les aviez-vous préalablement briefés, formés et fait prendre connaissance des modules méthodes et outils de formation de WP ? Je pense notamment au module « INTRO to DET ». 

5. Je crois que le manuel et les modules de formation suggèrent que les 3 volontaires Co-facilitateurs à  désigner parmi les participantes ont simplement comme rôles de, je cite : « Note-takers, Time-keepers, Photographers » et non d’animer les matières des thèmes de formation ou de sensibilisation !

6. A mon humble avis, c’est l’ordre de jour d’une réunion qui est approuvé par les participants et non un  thème de formation. Le thème de formation est connu des participants à l’avance ; avant même qu’ils n’accèdent au lieu de formation ou de sensibilisation.

7. « Un long voyage commence toujours par un pas ! ».  A mon avis, le nombre des thèmes abordés pendant cet exercice de facilitation est relativement excessif au regard du temps imparti !

8. S’agissant des participants, je crois que leur nombre est ultra petita et n’est pas représentatif. En effet, les principaux concernés [les parents, les jeunes filles et garçons … n’ont pas été invités] !

 9. Enfin, Je pense que ce n’est pas à l’étape d’introduction que sont constitués les groupes pour les travaux en carrefours.

10. « A la Session 3 » comme elle l’appelle, Madame Sadaf Kashif  n’aurait pas dû avoir d’autre « literacy » à faire que de présenter World Pulse et la définition du « DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT » comme étant, je cite : « Digital empowerment is having the knowledge, tools, and resources to use digital technology to achieve one's full human potential”.

11. A mon avis, les résultats indiqués comme atteints ne découlent pas d’activités planifiées et réellement mises en œuvre ! Entre outre, la définition du « mariage précoce » n’a pas été explicitée et comprise.

12. Il y a beaucoup d’autres remarques relevées dans cet exercice ; mais permettez-moi de terminer mon commentaire en rappelant et recommandant le schéma suivant [contenu dans le manuel de formation de World Pulse]  qui aurait mieux servi :

« • Agenda and goals

• Objective Handout

• Training goals and objectives written on large paper

• Setting the Tone examples

• Large paper or whiteboard / blackboard, markers, tape + “Invocation” activity…”


Une fois de plus, merci Madame BELLA BEE, de nous avoir partagé cet exercice.

Bonne journée à vous !