Over the past year, Maraa has been involved in conducting face to face trainings on the community learning programme (CLP) approach and have worked with Gurgaon Ki Awaaz to develop Chahat Chowk, a CLP series that addresses reproductive health issues faced by women in Mullaheda (a village in Gurgaon).

Maara has also been exploring other non-traditional modes of capacity building, for instance it has run a distance mentoring course for six community radio stations in the North belt that trained women broadcasters in conducting formative research for programme planning. Maraa plans to run, starting this October, a series of online training and mentoring courses. One such training and mentoring online programme that has been developed by an international course development team brought together by the Commonwealth of Learning is called the CLP Developers Certificate.

This distance training and mentoring certificate programme will allow learners to develop the skills and know-how to plan, design and deliver effective, low-cost participatory communication programmes that focus on local community health and development priorities. It will also help them to differentiate between top-down and bottom-up approaches of communication and identify the benefits of participatory communication for development programmes.

Here is a link with more information about the programme of study: http://www.col.org/progServ/programmes/livelihoods/healthyComm/CLP/Pages/default.aspx