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Frankly Speaking

Welcome to Frankly Speaking – Training, Research & Development. Frankly Speaking has fifteen+ years of experience working in, for, with and about education, life-long learning, civil society, and development, interculturally and internationally.

Frankly Speaking provides consultancy services for non-governmental and international organisations in the voluntary, international development & youth sectors, including research, curriculum development and training, evaluation and strategy development.

My name is Yael Ohana and I am Frankly Speaking. I am passionate about human rights, equality, justice, and peace. I believe in the future of participatory democracies and multicultural civil societies. I demand the sharing of power and the acceptance of diversity. In all aspects of my work, but especially as an educator, I try to promote these passions and beliefs.

I believe in life-long learning and think that education and learning cannot be disconnected from the rest of the world. That’s why the projects I conduct and my approach start from the reality of the people I work with. I operate in a connected and informed triangle of research, policy and practice.

I have the luxury of working with people who are motivated and who trust me to guide them through mutual learning and creation experiences. I am flexible and responsive to the interests, needs, and possibilities of my clients. I am not flexible in compromising the principles of my approach, which is participant/learner-centred, participative, voluntary, empowering, developmental and based on equality of power relations.

I believe in the uniqueness and complementarity of non-formal learning and contribute much of my experience, knowledge, and thinking, to the communities of practice of which I consider myself part, in order to cultivate transparency and critical feedback, to initiate a discourse on quality and to foster progress and development.

I pay great attention to every single project and am in a constant experimental search for a client-centred and needs-oriented balance between complexity and simplicity and between theory and practice.

I am not alone, and I don’t want to be. I am embedded in a network of partners and friends with whom I co-operate whenever meaningfully possible.

Frankly Speaking enjoys the trust of many organisations and institutions. In return, I appreciate what I can learn from my clients and partners and make every effort to honour the confidence they accord us by providing high-quality work.

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