A Train the Trainer course in Xiengkhoung province has commenced this week. The course is part of a programme funded by the European Union and the Luxembourg Embassy. SAEDA staff and staff from CCL (Comité de Coopération avec le Laos) have commenced training their local government district counterparts from Kham district.
The train the trainer course enables experienced personnel to show a less-experienced instructor how to deliver courses, workshops and seminars. Usually, a new instructor first observes a training event led by the course designer or subject-matter expert. A train-the-trainer workshop can build a pool of competent instructors who can then teach the material to other people. Instead of having just one instructor who teaches a course for a long time, you have multiple instructors teaching the same course at the same time.
The course aims to build capacity for the local counterparts to train farmers to setup a local farmers production group. It is enviaged that the group will become a cooperative organisation at some stage in the future.
Head SAEDA trainer Sommai Intavong, pictured above with a local farmer, says the participants will learn to more effectively communicate to the local farmers so that their goals can be reached.
The six month programme covers setting up a local farmers group, training the trainer, monitoring the outcomes and a workshop for evaluation and future planning.
This programme has previously been rolled out in Xiengkhoung province in the Khoun district, in Phongsaly province in Nyotou district and in Savannakhet province to considerable success.