Border Institute Instructors from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan learn best practices in development and delivery of adult education



Participants learn how to use interactive training methods based on the 3D virtual reality software used in the Academy of Security Science of Estonia, Tallinn, 8 June 2015. (OSCE/Alexander Eliseev)

TALLINN, 12 June 2015 – Sixteen Instructors from Border Institutes of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan successfully completed the six-month Train-the-Trainer blended learning course organized by the OSCE Border Management Staff College, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the OSCE Centre in Bishkek.

The classroom sessions of the third Module took place in the Academy of Security Sciences in Tallinn, Estonia from 1-12 June 2015. The participants defended their course works and formulated their proposals and recommendations on how to apply the knowledge, experience and best practices received during the training in their own professional border education systems.

“During training sessions the participants learned in practice how to use the interactive training methods based on 3D virtual reality software, used in the Estonian Academy of Security Science,” said Alexander Eliseev, Chief of Education at the OSCE Border Management Staff College. “The produced simulation exercises help participants to improve their skills in resolving different situations and scenarios related to border security management.”

The course aimed at helping participants to further develop the national border institutions with a particular focus on a competency approach, foreseen within the Bologna process, and the development of the adult education delivery skills. The training needs of participating countries were considered during the preparation of the six-month educational programme.

The course for the lecturers and the managers of border agencies of Central Asia was designed and delivered by professors of adult education from EU member states and the Russian Federation.

In addition to study sessions, a high-level workshop on the Development of Educational Systems in Border Institutes of Central Asia was held on 11-12 June. Deputy Head of Kyrgyz Border Service, Heads of Training Departments of Kyrgyz and Tajik Border Troops and the BMSC Chief of Education took part in the seminar. The workshop was delivered by the Senior Management of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences.

“On one hand the education and training should be seen as an investment for the quality of the service for citizens. On the other hand, it is a key for inspired professional life. The satisfaction of travellers very much depend on the border professionals trained by the academic staff having a comprehensive knowledge, advanced skills, experiences and attitudes. This is why we work to raise the competences of academic staff of education institutions,” said Andrus Oovel, Head of the Border Security Programme at DCAF.