We, in the Waska Movement, asked ourselves simple questions as to why do students drop out of school. Why do people find it hard to learn? We had too many questions to find answers to and, seen from that angle, the problem was way too complicated.
The situation had to be analyzed from another perspective. We then asked ourselves “What would make learning fun, appealing, encourageing, motivating, comfortable, effective, sustainable?” That was in the 1980’s.
It took us three decades to perfect this method. We offer workshops to our members where they can learn techniques and skills necessary to gain prosperity:
- Mastering Autonomy of Revenue
- Consolidating Professional Autonomy
- Mastering French
- Mastering Multimedia Computering
- Mastering French/English Bilingualism
- Mastering Web & Business
Waska.org is a social economy business, a form of non-profit organization. We have no teachers – they are called Guides-Mentors, volunteers helping our members learning how to become autonomous and prosperous. Workshops take place in cafés and neighbourhood restaurants, all Waska.org members themselves. This environment makes learning easier and helps members relax through the process.
Experiential learning is the key to success. Members are motivated when they can experience while learning, touching and trying by themselves. Set up as an apprenticeship, the programme guides members through practical tasks where they can put them to test and witness their own progress. What an incentive!
The Guides-Mentors are real professionals in their fields, giving their time to people seeking to improve their socioeconomic situation. Empowering people and organizations, they strengthen the city’s economy, as well as the province’s and the nation’s.
People who were told they had “learning difficulties” became members and found no problem becoming the best. They only needed to find a method that suited the human brain’s way of acquiring techniques and skills in a sustainable fashion. And comfort!