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people's guide to the agreement
Community Publishing and Development Trust (ACPDT)
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1a Purpose of the booklet
The purpose of this booklet
is to inform Zimbabwean communities about the contents of the Agreement
and generate discussion on the Agreement in relation to improving
1b Who the booklet is
The booklet is designed
for communities, their local leaders and the agencies that support
democratic development and community empowerment. It is being produced
in seven Zimbabwean languages.
1c How the booklet was
The need for
such a booklet to inform the Zimbabwean people was expressed at
a national workshop on the Agreement organised by the Catholic
Commission for Justice and Peace Archdiocese of Harare. In addition,
and community facilitators asked ACPD to produce a guide to the
Agreement. The Agreement, signed on 15 September 2008 has been
difficult to implement. However it is still important, nationally
and internationally, as a basis for dialogue on how to resolve the
Zimbabwe crisis. The booklet was produced through the community
publishing process, which combines technical information with the
creativity of communities.
1d How to use the booklet
is designed to be read and discussed by groups, rather than individuals.
Each short chapter provides a simplified summary of sections of
the Agreement on a theme, with drawings and questions to assist
readers in discussing the theme. A group of readers, a study circle,
chooses its own facilitator, unless they already have an experienced
facilitator, and secretary, and decide when and where to meet .
The facilitator should ensure that group members understand what
they read and can apply it to their own situation. S/he should treat
all group members fairly, and help the group focus on the topic,
without any person talking too much or remaining silent. The secretary
should keep notes. The ideas of the group and the readership response,
should be given to the agencies distributing the booklet. Community
views will help the national agencies that are seeking solutions
to our differences and problems through dialogue.
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