OSCE-UNDP train-the-trainer course introduces officials from Afghan and Tajik national border training centres to modern instructional methods



Adbulwadod Sediqi, Instructor of Afghan Border Police delivers his final presentation at the OSCE-UNDP train-the-trainer course, Dushanbe, 17 February 2015. (OSCE/Ilona Kazaryan)

DUSHANBE, 17 February 2016 – Ten border officials from national training institutions of Afghanistan and Tajikistan completed a week-long train-the-trainer course today at the OSCE Border Management Staff College in Dushanbe, focusing on modern instructional methods.

These methods incorporate elements such as lesson planning, appropriate teaching strategies, identifying student needs and training resources. Border instructors also enhanced their training delivery skills through the Explanation, Demonstration, Imitation, and Practice (EDIP) approach.

“This training opportunity is of utmost importance for border personnel who work as instructors, as they are the ones educating future generations of border professionals of Afghanistan and Tajikistan,” said Dita Nowicka, Director of the OSCE Border Management Staff College. “The course was aimed at raising the instructors’ awareness about modern knowledge delivery techniques and effective planning of training methodology.”

During the course, which was co-organized with the EU-funded, UNDP-implemented Border Management Northern Afghanistan (BOMNAF) project, participants were able to showcase their presentation skills and receive feedback from international experts.

William Lawrence, UNDP Manager of the BOMNAF and the Border Management Project (BMP) said: “We are delighted to work together with the OSCE to ensure that beneficiaries of both our projects improve their instructional skills and build their personal capabilities. They are taking full advantage of the opportunity to compare new methodologies being taught by experts from Britain, with methods used in their own institutions. Furthermore, this chance to get to know fellow professionals from a neighbouring country can only improve future co-operation.”