The SOFT Pakistan want to empower people through promoting, supporting and advancing their living skills to enjoy a sustainable livelihood without compromising their freedom & quality of life.
SOFT Learning System Model and Approaches
SOFT is globally recognized as private sector custodian of Farmer Field School learning system in Pakistan. It represent a Cadre of renowned professionals as its Volunteer members.
Farmer Field School
FFS is a season long school without walls for making farmers expert on crop production system. It is an extension approach to build the capacity smallholder farmers with a paradigm of farmers, extensionists and scientists working together!
Training of Facilitators
Training of Facilitators (ToF) is a season long participatory capacity building model for developing a facilitator’s cadre who run the FFS.
Farmers Training of Facilitators
FToF and ToF are almost same with respect to training components and contents while under this approach farmers are trained as facilitators after graduation from FFS and later the farmer facilitator takes lead on facilitating FFS activity in their villages and local areas.
Post Farmer Field School
The FFS does not end with the graduation, as in many cases the FFS group expresses a need for more training, either in the same focal activity or in a different enterprise or commodity. Under Post-FFS farmers work in small groups of 5-6 under the supervision and support of facilitator and master facilitators.
Irrigation Field School
Irrigation Field School is a farmers school without walls with a major focus on Irrigation and Water Management and water tools specifically. It uses of different learning models like Discovery Learning, Collaborative Problem Solving and Value Management with modern irrigation tools, technology and methods.
Women Open School
WOS is a novel mechanism for experiential learning and skill development of rural women. It started with training on “Pesticide Risk Reduction” and later covers other areas like kitchen/homestead gardening, small enterprise development (goat and chicken farming, vegetable seed production), health and hygeine, value addition etc.