Why don't people wash their hands? Why do they spend tomorrow's income today? Why do they undervalue girls' education? Why do communities fall back into conflict with one another? I don't claim to be an expert in human behavior, but I have been working on all these questions in Moyamba district for several years. In this chat, I'll share with you my experiences, the approaches that worked, and the ones that didn't. I'm also excited to hear from you, and to learn across countries how you are effecting social change in your community.
"My background is in education and rural development, with an emphasis on behavior-change. I completed my Bachelor's Degree in Education at Njala University, and I'm working toward a Master of Science in Rural Development Studies there, as well. I got started as a community mobilizer and volunteer, then became an adult trainer working on community conflict resolution, peace-building, hygiene promotion, girl empowerment, food security planning, and educational advocacy in Moyamba district, Sierra Leone. I have worked for Etude Economique Conseil, CARE, and Grass Root Ambassadors for Better Sierra Leone.
When we can accept that education is not just about textbooks and teaching, but that something else drives our decision-making, then we can become more effective to change human behavior.