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3. Keep Your Messages Short and Simple
Instead of partially teaching too many things, it is better to discuss a
few things well. After learning what health problems the people feel are
greatest, decide what information will help them solve these problems.
Then think of how to share the information. Try to:
• Use simple words (see page 13). If you must use a big word, take
the time to explain it.
• Teach people when they are ready to learn. A sick person, for
example, usually wants to know how to prevent his sickness from
returning. He will remember what you tell him.
• Repeat the most important message many times. Whenever you
teach about staying healthy, remember to emphasize eating good
food and keeping teeth clean. Repetition helps people remember.
• Let people see what you mean. See pages 26 to 34 for ways to use
pictures, puppets, and plays.
4. Teach Wherever People Get Together
Knowing where to teach is sometimes as important as how you teach.
Instead of asking people to come to a class you have organized, go to
them. Look for ways to fit into their way of living. You both will gain
from the experience. They will ask more questions, and you will learn
how to work with people to solve problems.
Talk with people where they gather near their homes.
Talk to women
clinics and in
Talk to men
Talk to men
and women at
groups at their
Teach men and women at reading groups.