Training of Trainers on Methodology in Vientiane from 17-21.August.2015

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Methodology Training of Trainers course from 17.-21. August 2015 in Vientiane

Nearly 20 participants from six member countries of the Network for Sustainable Hydropower Development in Mekong countries (NSHD-M), including several new members from Myanmar, have come together in Vientiane during a Training of Trainers (ToT) course focusing on training methodology. As a unique characteristic of NSHD-M, the methodology of conducting trainings for professionals is based on GIZ’s suite of participatory adult learning methods based on appropriate moderation and visualisation skills. It has strongly fostered active engagement, open knowledge sharing and close teamwork among the participants. With the guidance of experienced trainer Vincent Gründler and three co-facilitators from the region, the participants divided into 3 groups, working and learning together during the course. During the group work and training simulations, many have revealed their high potential to become the next generation of trainers for NSHD-M, based on mastering training methodology besides having professional hydropower expertise.

Part of the ToT was a field trip to Nam Mang 3 Dam through which the trainees experienced how to organize a field trip and how to introduce practice-oriented elements such as interviewing villagers regarding the topic of social issues/resettlement.

On day four of the ToT, the participants had the opportunity to visit the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat and interviewed Voradeth Phonekeo, head of the Initiative on Sustainable Hydropower at MRC, using a “fish bowl” method.

The open discussion was not only limited to activities of MRC in the field of sustainable hydropower, but also encompassed personal sharing about the challenges and successes of MRC and its member countries. So as to end the lively discussion, Mr Voradeth said he wanted “to challenge the participants from the Mekong countries to be active in the field of Sustainable Hydropower Development and further develop what has been done” by MRC and others. An action that could be done immediately was the dissemination and sharing of the knowledge that the trainees have gathered during the training week once they had reached their home universities.

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