A comprehensive, user-friendly E-Manual on Youth-led Action Research to train, mentor and empower marginalised youth as knowledge-producers in local communities. Together, let’s amplify youth voices to reach regional and global policy forums on education and lifelong learning. This website is a project of the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education undertaken in collaboration with its country partners across the Asia Pacific region
"Girls in my village do not have permission to roam around. We could not even step out of our homes on our own. But when I began to work as a Shodhini, we began to conduct a census of all the girls in our village. This meant that we were exploring the different corners of the village on our own. It was a huge learning experience."Manisha Gangode, Shodhini, Abhivyakti Media for Development, India
This E-Manual has emerged from ASPBAE’s continued engagement with youth, to empower marginalised young people across the Asia Pacific region, to amplify youth voices to reach national regional and global policy forums on education and lifelong learning.Since 2016, ASPBAE, in collaboration with the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), has been working with its partners in India, Philippines, and Indonesia to mobilise and train youth researchers from marginalised communities. Over a period of time, with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and DVV International, Germany, ASPBAE's reach expanded to other countries in the region, notably Vanuatu, Timor Leste, Nepal, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Through relevant training and mentoring, youth researchers across the Asia Pacific region have started to lead action research in their communities. This has also helped in building knowledge on young people’s educational experiences and learning needs.
In the past few years, ASPBAE and its members in a number of countries in the Asia Pacific region have mobilised diverse youth from marginalised communities to lead and conduct action research in their communities. The youth have collected and analysed data, written reports based on their findings, and presented these findings to various stakeholders and audiences. The country partners have facilitated the dissemination of the youth researchers’ findings and recommendations to government bodies, national policy forums and in larger civil society spaces.
What are the goals of the YAR E-Manual?
- To develop capacities of the youth to do action research and enable them to become knowledge producers in their local communities.
- To generate the youth’s perspectives on education programmes and strategies to benefit marginalised youth.
Spanning geographies, ASPBAE’s Youth-led Action Research approach has become increasingly popular among its partner organisations. They appreciated its unique and creative approach to youth engagement, community development and advocacy work. YAR provides a youth lens to view complex educational and community issues, as well as a tool for strengthening community actions. Currently, nine country partners have set forth on their YAR journey of knowledge production and youth development.
This map is an illustrated guide to the various sections in the YAR E-Manual. You must click on the relevant icons to access the corresponding sections. We advise you to follow the sections step-by-step, as the YAR is a structured process with successive learnings. The sections have been designed according to the structure and schedule of the YAR process and are meant to be completed in the prescribed order. Happy learning!
The process of YAR doesn’t end with collecting and analysing your data. It is equally important to use your research to imagine and advocate action and change, and take it back to the community. Scroll down this section, we’ve got you covered!
In this section, you will learn:
Working with communities and facilitating YAR bring with them several opportunities, challenges and lessons. This section will gesture towards the need to reflect on the process, document the freeways and roadblocks, and learn from others’ experiences. It will also provide further resources and readings to help you set forth on your YAR journey.