KATC promotes the formation of study circles in the villages. This is a method of adult participatory education. A small group of 7 to 12 farmers come together to form a study circle group. The group chooses the topic it would like to study. There is a group leader, who need not be an expert in the subject matter, who is trained in study-circle leadership skills, and whose task it is to animate the group. All participants contribute to the learning process by sharing information and working on practical exercises together.
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Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) is a farmer-training institution near Lusaka, Zambia. It is operated by members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). From its beginning in 1974 until 1990 it taught conventional (industrial) agriculture, but then shifted to organic, sustainable agriculture. KATC offers a series of short courses (3 days to 2 weeks) in organic agriculture (e.g., biological pest management, animal draft power), conducts field days at its own demonstration plots, farms, rural areas, and schools in the area.