With support from @UHAIEASHRI, MAHIPSO conducted a staff and peers’ capacity and security management training to equip the staff and peers with skills on crisis management and how to address security of both staff and community members
This was a full day training based on MAHIPSO’s consideration that MAHIPSO staff & peer educators not only needed a full day since they had a lot to cover on Key and vulnerable population.
The main objective behind the training was to get essential ins and outs of managing crisis as MAHIPSO – from start to end and what’s in between. Along with that, the staff and the peer educators also needed to understand what to be conscious about when managing their work especially the security of the office environment and the members as well.
The following core concepts were covered in the training program:
- Crisis management.
- Understanding the working environment; Force field analysis and stakeholders/actor’s analysis.
Training Procedures – In brief
The training session started with introduction of trainers followed by the participants every individual participant then introducing himself, them/herself by mentioning their name and their positions in different fields.
There was a brief pre-test conducted by the facilitator for the team which had a number of questions and was aimed at analyzing the trainees’ existing knowledge of the subject matter and how much they already know about some of the topics which are to be discussed in the training.
The trainer together with the trainees, set the basic guidelines to be applicable during the training hours in order to maintain a productive and organized training program. The trainees agreed upon several guidelines for the training like putting their phones on silent, coming on time, respecting others’ ideas, not interfering when others talk among others. These guidelines were noted down on a flip chart and pasted to the wall for the rest of the workshop.
Then the participants were asked about their expectations from the training and what they expected to learn during the training. Each trainee shared their views which they also noted down in the space provided in their work books.
After this session was proceeded further by the trainer explaining the main purpose of the crisis management, security and what the trainees will learn about it, by pointing out major topics to be covered during the full day training.
The training went ahead normally where there were presentations used to display major point of discussion and the points were then discussed by the trainer and the participants shared their views and experiences about the topics discussed.
Under the Crisis management there was a test that was given to the participants to mention what they wouldn’t like to happen again if a crisis like Covid-19 happen again and why? The participants were divided into two and this is how they responded;
There was tea break in the morning at 10:30am which lasted for fifteen minutes and then a lunch break for one hour at 01:30pm.
After the lunch break the session would continue, sometimes by an energizer performed trainer and participation of all the trainees. This was aimed at vitalizing the trainees back for the class after they took lunch and felt heavy & sleepy.
The session would continue after the lunch break and different methods were used by the trainer for delivering the contents and also involving the participants. After a fifteen-minute tea break was observed each day at 02:30 pm and the session would end at 05:00pm.
During this period, a survey was made that required all the participants to layout the threats, there sources, vulnerability and the required capacities to curb down the threats between MAHIPSO offices and the members as well. The approach went as follows;
Before ending the day’s session, the trainer made a recap on the topics discussed during the day with input from the participants. The next session would start with a recap of previous session’s revision of the main topics. This was done by asking the participants about what they had learnt and what were the main points discussed.
At the end of the training there was a post-test conducted by the course trainer which was aimed at gauging the knowledge and understanding of the participants about the topic discussed during the training and how much they had improved after attending the training. The questions asked in the post-test were the same as those in the pre-test in order to exactly know the difference in participants’ understanding regarding specific topics before and after the training.
Finally, an overall course evaluation was conducted by the executive Director (MAHIPSO) which was more comprehensive than the daily feedback collected from the participants. This evaluation was intended to obtain participants’ views about different aspects of the training – from the venue to the effectiveness and coverage of the topics, and from the trainer’s knowledge and preparedness to their overall impression of the whole experience. Results of their views are provided in coming sections.
Facilitation Techniques Used (Methodologies)
There were several facilitation techniques used by the trainers which included question and answer, brainstorming, group discussions, case study discussions and practical implementation of some of the topics by trainees on flip charts and paper sheets. The multitude of training methodologies was utilized in order to make sure all participants get the whole concepts and they practice what they learn, because only listening to the trainers can be forgotten, but what the trainees do by themselves they will never forget.
Closing of the training
After the pre-post tests were administered and the final course evaluation forms were filled in by the participants, the trainers expressed their closing remarks and reiterated the importance of the training for the trainers in their daily activities and their readiness for applying learned concepts in their assigned tasks in any project handling the Key and vulnerable populations in greater Masaka area.
The training programs were conducted successfully and all the participants took an active part in all the training, the results from the pre-test for peers and the post-test show that there were concepts and topics which the delegates didn’t know about before the training and after the training, they could explain the topics.