All students get experience in community work and Participatory Action Research through practicums and the Internship program.
ARU Curriculum is 40% practical and 60% theoretical. In order to implement the practical component of the curriculum, students’ are subjected to project work, one month Village practicum and a one year internship. Implementation of the 40% practical involves the use of participatory action research and community action planning.
Students together with the communities practice the principle of appreciative inquiry and the principles of community action planning by coming together to visualize the community they want using imageries. They then reflect on the community they live in, in respect to what they want, recognize the gaps and have collective appreciation of the current reality.
The next step is to harmonize their perceptions, agree on the course of action and examine resources needed to identify human resources and assign responsibilities among other things. Work schedules are then set, commitment for action is generated and work begins and for a very result they create
Students are involved in a variety of efforts in the surrounding villages, Parishes and sub counties. In this work they ;
- Helped people identify their aspirations for themselves, their families and their communities
- Encouraged people to work together based on their identified common/shared visions and aspirations
- Mobilized and facilitated local communities
- Identified leverage points for development and applied skills and techniques to facilitate development
- Created alliances, networks and collaborations with local government and other development workers
- Provided visionary leadership in the society