Benefit SBN organised a three-day training of trainers’ programme on ‘training design and delivery’ for 23 staff members of Benefit- SBN and ISSD Ethiopia. The training was conducted from the 25th – 27th March 2017 at Lalibela town.
The objectives of the training were to train Benefit-SBN and ISSD staff members in providing a quality training both in terms of content and delivery. Specifically, the training was designed to support SBN and ISSD staff members design a coherent demand-driven training-programme outline and detailed session plans with emphasis on the required didactics; apply various interactive ways of teaching and facilitation in training delivery; plan and apply effective M&E tools to measure result of training programmes and give feedback; design modules.
The ToT was conducted in a more participatory and learner centred approach. Among the main contents covered were: short course learning approach: adult education and experiential learning principles; importance of assessing learning styles; curriculum development: training needs assessment and its analysis; designing learning objectives; the rationale of making session plans, importance of reflection etc. Participants had the chance to micro teach on selected topics.
Based on the inputs that they have got from the training, participants have also already started to develop training modules on five different topics. Those from Benefit- SBN have started producing training modules on ‘20 steps sesame production’; ‘sorghum production’ and ‘cost recording’. Participants from ISSD are producing two training modules on ‘participatory verity selection and crowd sourcing’ and ‘local seed business development’.
Trainees evaluated the training session using mood meters and other evaluation techniques. The evaluation form that they fill at the end of the training shows largely positive results. From the qualitative feedback, it is learnt that trainees believed that the training is helpful for their future assignments. They mentioned that what they get from the training are useful and relevant to their careers. One trainee suggested, to make it effective, such training should be given to higher officials at regional and zonal level. As a limitation, it is indicated that three days are not enough to take this training. One trainee also indicated as there was not enough content delivered. Overall both the quantitative and qualitative feedbacks and evaluations are positive and encouraging.
Participants of the training are expected to complete their training modules within a short period of time.