The regional training of trainers programmes are meant to create a pool of resource persons capable of responding to country needs for capacity strengthening in an efficient and cost-effective way.
To improve the capability of selected trainers to facilitate high quality training for facilitators and decision-makers to effectively enhance participation of key stakeholders in national forest programme processes.
The regional Training-of-Trainers is designed for experienced trainers from national or sub-regional training institutions, non-governmental or governmental organizations with the capability, resources and commitment to organize and facilitate country level training activities.
Some basic criteria for participants include:
- Practical experiences in facilitating participatory processes;
- Experience in the design and implementation of training programmes;
- Candidates have institutional support and backing to design, develop, and deliver at least one national level training activity
- Maturity, initiative, and a high sense of responsibility to learn and share experiences and knowledge throughout the process and in country of origin.
The training approach is designed along discovery and experiential learning principles. A stimulating learning environment is provided throughout the training along with provoking questions – but not the ‘answers’. Through various exercises participants are challenged to find the ‘answers’ themselves. This approach not only helps participants learn “How” to deliver the training – but more importantly “Why” to deliver the training – helping develop an understanding of the rationale, and engender ownership over the whole training ethos.
The training takes a phased approach where participants gradually building skills, confidence and ownership over the training. Short lectures are coupled with demonstrations, followed by the participants taking on a co-facilitation role, before finally becoming the main facilitators. Each stage is followed by a critical reflection and peer review – a key element in experiential learning. Supportive manuals, handouts and other guidance materials are provided to participants.
The training participants are finally tasked with designing their own training agendas which they will implement through in-country training activities.