By Nell Pates
EU-BOMNAF is currently undertaking an education project to deliver a Train The Trainers (T3) package for border staff from both Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Following this pilot event, a new course has now been designed and will be implemented for the first time in April 2016.
The T3 course will deliver basic instructional techniques to junior instructors, and a key part of the programme’s design was to run an intensive, four-day course at the Border Management Staff College (BMSC) in Dushanbe during this past week. The course drew students who are already experienced instructors in their own fields, and both male and female, Afghan and Tajik beneficiaries were in attendance, providing an excellent opportunity to test the course content and gather feedback ahead of the commencement of the full course, in April.
Once complete, the full T3 course will span two weeks; the first week will deliver two basic methods of instruction – one for theoretical lessons and one for practical – and the second week will go on to develop students to deliver these same topics for themselves. The ultimate output of the course will be to produce cohorts of instructors who are prepared to deliver training in instructional techniques within their own units.
Rather than relying on their existing experience, all students were asked to plan and deliver one theory and one practical lesson using the methods taught. All students responded enthusiastically to the highly practical nature of this course, and among them they produced a highly informative and entertaining range of lessons, covering history and culture, how to prepare a pomegranate, card tricks and much more. A high degree of input is required from students during T3 courses and all participants were thanked for their contributions when they were awarded their completion certificates on Thursday 18th February in a ceremony held at the BMSC.
Feedback received from this course will be used to inform the structure and running of a more comprehensive course in April, as well as subsequent T3 events throughout 2016 and beyond. The benefits of developing this T3 thoroughly are many, but in particular, equipping Afghan and Tajik instructors, not only how to pass on their specialist skills, for example in first aid, navigation or ICT, but also how to pass on the necessary skills of an effective instructor will mean that these abilities can be developed locally, reducing the need for travel, extensive periods away from work and ultimately passing over responsibility for this crucial element of training back to the border agencies themselves.