InterNICHE 2007: Outreach and resources to catalyse widespread replacement in education in Latin America

InterNICHE has a growing experience with outreach and training in alternatives, and with negotiating for replacement with teachers. 
InterNICHE resources such as the international Alternatives Loan System, the Humane Education Award grant program, and freeware production have supported this work. International conferences and multi-language information resources such as the book from Guinea Pig to Computer Mouse (2nd ed.) and the large website have also played a crucial role.
The growing number and capacity of InterNICHE National Contacts and other key collaborators across Latin America give potential for a major outreach project and push for replacement, particularly if suitable resources are made available at the same time. 

Outreach and training in alternatives

Outreach and training to a number of Latin American countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and Mexico, can be arranged if funding support is available. The nature and schedule of standard visits and full-day training seminars are described below.

Presentations aim to describe the range of alternative tools and approaches; elucidate their pedagogical, scientific, ethical and economic advantages; give examples through case studies of where such replacement has already been achieved; describe the resources and support available to teachers and students through InterNICHE and elsewhere; and to review the national and international situation with a focus on ways forward.
Standard visits typically involve 1½ hours of the presentations described above, 1 hour of basic demonstrations of a range of alternatives, and opportunities for discussion. These are followed by a range of meetings with heads of department, rectors etc, where possible.

 Full-day training seminars typically involve 2 hours of presentations, 4 hours of detailed demonstration and training in a wide range of alternatives, and 1 hour of discussion and planning for the future. These are followed by a range of meetings. The trainers usually comprise teachers who self-train in a range of alternatives in their discipline and who train at several seminars each, and may also involve InterNICHE National Contacts.