Rural community development is a complex process involving the interplay of social, political, and economic forces. It also requires our professionals – many of them young – to live in unfamiliar and difficult conditions.
A meaningful year-long apprenticeship programme provides PRADAN’s new recruits an opportunity to assess life in grassroots work. It allows one to experience the living conditions, broad context and pace of work in the villages. The well-structured, the apprenticeship programme nurtures new entrants using the principle of learning-through-guided-practice, helping them to make an informed choice about their vocation.
Apprentices learn about the contexts of rural life, experience the conditions in which they would eventually work, and experience the kind of impact they would have on the lives of the poor families. Above all, they acquire practical skills of grassroots development work. While learning such skills, they also obtain lessons about the changes they would have to make in their own lives.