ACKNOWLEDGMENTSA work of this nature cannot be accomplished without the help of many people.Namtip Aksornkool initiated the manual and saw it through from conception tocompletion. The manuscript is based on her experience in working with trainers andmaterial developers in scores of developing countries.Walaitat Worakul, Wisanee Siltrakul and Supit Jittanond of the Non-formal EducationDepartment, Thailand, provided enormous support as regards the methods of adulteducation.Resource persons in five regional and sub-regional workshops and dozens of nationalones have helped try out the activities. Their outcomes have served as the basis for revisionof the Manual. Chij Shrestha of World Education, Nepal, helped to balance the genderrepresentation of resource persons.Swarna Jayaweera, of the Sri Lanka’s Women’s Research Centre (CENWOR), andAnita Dighe, of the Institute of Non-formal Education, have provided the operationalframework on gender issues, assisted in the planning workshop for Project RAS/88!013, atwhich the activities were built up. Above all, they served as positive role models forwomen.Our thanks also go to the national agencies who have translated the full version of theManual into national languages, including Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, Pakistani, BahasaMalaysia, Tok Pisin and Motu, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese.To Rachanee Chamnankit who typed the earlier versions of the Manual from itsembryonic stage, we express our gratitude for the logistic preparation of the regionalworkshops where the contents of the manual were tried out.We would like to thank Danny and Rita Crysdale who painstakingly designed the initialelectronic format for the manuscript, and Angela Philp for giving her time to proofread itslater version. Elaine Taylor helped fine-tune the features of style.We are grateful to Nikolay Ilinykh for his generous editing and updating of the differentversions of the Manual. His versatile computer skills made it possible to finalize the layoutof the Manual.Most of all, we appreciate the contribution made by hundreds of non-formal educators,men and women, whose inputs and real life experience have helped add colours andwisdom to the Manual.This Manual is a tribute to their efforts to understand and create a world where equalpartnership between men and women is not only possible but necessary.