In clear and direct language, this manual provides a practical guide to this community-based educational experience.
Each stage will be presented with step-by-step instructions to assist understanding and visualize the processes needed.
The structure presented here for dissemination is based on the experience acquired in the Oldnet laboratories in Brazil, and should be seen as a means of facilitating rather than restricting other work, and may be complemented or modified using common sense criteria to meet the specific requirements of different localities place or in line with knowledge of the group it will be used with.
The methodology-structure is called step by step as an analogy with the processes of putting on a theatrical event. The challenge facing you is to take an Oldnet Program beyond the planning stage, or rather beyond this itinerary for consultation, and make it happen.
We suggest you start by selecting the stage or scenario - i.e. the space and the characteristics of the place where Oldnet workshops will be run. Deciding this will pose additional issues and data that will steer the planning, format, and resources needed for implementing the methodology in the specified place.
Once the scenario has been assembled, we move on to the props, in other words, the technological elements such as computers, programs, accessories, network structure, internet access, and others.
With space and scenario issues resolved, we move to define the backstage part of the scene, where we may define the team required with suggestions on size, functions and attributions of each professional, the organization chart and much more. The Backstage section also contains information on strategies for mapping, articulating and arranging partnerships.
With space, team and partners in order, we may proceed to choose our Cast. The young people and seniors to be involved in the workshops, or the 'actors' of the Oldnet experience, are selected to start the activities and motivated with advice and guidance to facilitate the process.
Having selected the cast, we move on to Rehearsals. In this stage, the young people are given training appropriate to the role of a voluntary teacher, apprehending the methodology and developing the educational skills for the position.
The next section is what we called a Lesson in 4 Acts, in other words, all the instructions or guidance on lesson dynamics and processes in accordance with our experience of practices and activities in Oldnet workshops.
To enrich and illustrate implementation of workshops, we have a section on stage direction, presenting the role of the educator, with parameters on approaching the contents proposed and on interaction between young teachers and senior students.
Finally, we have Outcome, with suggestions for compiling and using evaluation tools for the processes and the outcome of the experience. A few thoughts on continuity and sustainability have been added too. The objective is to provide the means for the Oldnet Program to become permanent and grow after implementation in a given community, promoting reflections on practices and extending their beneficial effects.