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Posted September 2000

Mushroom production training for disabled people: a progress report

Training of trainers



Objectives of the project

The training center

Why mushrooms?

The project team

Training of trainers

Selecting trainees

The training

Buildings, tools and equipment

Outreach and impacts

Feasibility, sustainability, replicability

Selected success cases

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex 1: Layout of mushroom cultivation center

Annex 2: Buildings and equipment

Annex 3: Main steps in mushroom cultivation

Annex 4: Contributors to the project's success

The Department of Public Welfare hired five full time trainers for the project (see annex 4). Before starting training, trainers needed to acquire new skills for enhancing capacities of rural disabled people as entrepreneurs while learning how to build self-confidence and management. Three trainees had to learn about training people with disabilities while all five had to learn about mushroom cultivation and enterprise development. Several training sessions conducted by consultants and invited lecturers well prepared trainers in their development of adapted training programs and tools to be used with rural disabled. Continuous and up-dated training is necessary since mushroom cultivation requires constant adaptation to environment, to market demand and knowledge of new cultivation techniques. Trainers further needed assistance in adapting training, developing new innovative approaches in training and in the selection of trainees. Selection criteria and alternate methods for performing certain tasks were developed to verify that disabled trainees could accomplish every task required in mushroom cultivation.

Five trainees of the first group returned to the center to work as trainers using their own experience as a basis for demonstrating various techniques and assist non-disabled trainers in developing strategies that can be used in mushroom cultivation.

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