For implementation of the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, capacity development is required for Bangladeshi professionals working on delta management. They need to be aware of and conversant with new concepts like delta planning, adaptive delta management, longer term planning, scenario analysis, information services, etc. In addition, they increasingly need to communicate about these concepts, as well as to equip other professionals with the skills needed to address these concepts in their work. Previously, government staff has already received training on the use of these concepts, with the next step focused on enhancing their skills on how to prepare and deliver effective training themselves.
In this regard,Institute of Water Modelling (IWM) on behalf of Delta Alliance Bangladesh Wing (DABW) organized a daylong Workshop on Design and Execution of a ToT on December 6, 2018 at the training room of Institute of Water Modelling, DOHS Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh under DeltaCap project. This workshop echoed the emerging concern on how to design and execute a Training of Trainers (ToT) course for Bengali water professionals. 19 participants from BWDB, LGED, CEGIS, WARPO and IWM institutions operating in the water sector attended the workshop. ToT participants shared practical experiences, and discussed enthusiastically about how to deliver training sessions. The objectives of this daylong workshop were to-
- Learn participants to formulate the outline of a training or workshop themselves, using the triangle method (learning objectives, method, and assessment) linking to the topic of the training or workshop.
- Provide participants with the opportunity to practice facilitating an interactive discussion.
Prof. Chris Zevenbergen (IHE Delft Institute for Water Education), director of the DeltaCap project and Prof Shah Alam Khan (IWFM, BUET), coordinator of the Delta Centre (WP 2) jointly conducted the training session. The session was conducted in five steps-
Step 1: Inventory, learning & teaching (discussion), experience and expectations of participants.
Step 2: Training Triangle (didactics theory), addressing learning objectives, teaching and learning activities, and finally assessment.
Step 3: Facilitating an interactive discussion (skills practice). Participants facilitate a discussion on an Adaptive Delta Management (ADM) topic.
Step 4: Plan for training (exercise), in teams of 2 persons.
Step 5: Presentation teams and feedback,including evaluation and reflection.
Before closure of the workshop, the participants were awarded with certificates. Prof. Dr. M. Monowar Hossain (Executive Director, Institute of Water Modelling & Coordinator of the Delta Alliance Bangladesh Wing (DABW)) was present in the ceremony. He requested the participants to apply the knowledge in their own organization, to share what they have gained from this workshop. In return, participants promised to provide feedback on the training in the coming time.