Time flies! One week out of two is already over. It was a very rich week. All the main technics and vocabulary of Project Management were explained and documented through different kind of examples.
The group first worked on a concrete little project: making a list of useful words for the trainees, focusing on how to collect the material for a project. Then they used a cooking example: how to make a lunch for the whole team? It’s been the occasion to split up tasks and explain responsabilities. Finally, one participant brought a full case from the field, explaining objectives, main steps and benefits of the project.
When the training started, participant expressed their need to improve their English level. To ensure this goal, only essential vocabulary has been used, every technical words has been explained and illustrated by a simple equivalent word before proceeding to a Tamil translation so that everyone could fully understand each term.
Participants and trainer gave a very positive feed back:
The first enjoyed the positive energy and good spirit of the group. They especially emphasized the simplicity of the training methods, and how useful the bilingual exercises were useful for them to comprehend the technical concepts. Alexandre is very content with this responsive and friendly group so eager to learn and make progress.
More next week after week-end and home-work…
Now the trainees and trainer have learned to know each other and lots of information has been exchanged about, India, France, history, Dalit people, Women and children issues. It was an amazingly rich talk and everyone did participate in. It also gave Alexandre material for the training program. We came up with the idea of using any kind of work the participants are doing on the field as a topic to discuss projects definition.
Some trainees speak and/or understand English, some need Tamil translation, giving opportunities of new exchanges. Now we’re ready to tackle some theory about project management : one step everyday, with examples, illustration and feed back. Last thing but not least, the very friendly and open atmosphere benefits to everyone.
Gladys Beccalossi from New Caledonia visited ADECOM on 11th Dec.2007. She’s working in a leading NGO in Pacific Area, that covers all of the 22 countries on the Pacific Ocean. She shared her experience on Kanak community with the participants of the Dalit Women Capacity Building training. She explained about the Federation of Kanak Women of which Marie-Claire Beccalossi, Gladys mother, is Vice-President. The trainees had the opportunity to make comparison with Dalit situation in India.
They dialogued about cultural and legal aspects. They also compared women condition in both countries. New Caledonia being a French Colony, it gets the benefits of some laws regarding women emancipation and empowerement. But on the economical field there’s still a lot to be done to improve Kanak people situation.
This meeting took part in the training process and the participants expressed their feeling about values like humanism, religion and described their field work for Gladys. It was a good exercise for the participants to introduce themselves and their projetcs to Gladys.
Today was the beginning of a new session of the Dalit Women Capacity Building Training. This Program started last year, and since then, on a regular basis, volunteers from France come to give training to Adecom Network members and partners.
This time, training is about Project Management and Action Plans Building. Today, the 10 trainees, young (15 to 28) and enthousiastic, began to express their needs and expectations about this two weeks work, to Alexandre, who is Project Manager in a French Bank in Paris. Today was also the end of the Human Rights Campaign and of the trainees attended a very important meeting for Dalit Comunity this morning. So the conversation was a lot about Dalit issues and expectations : A very rich exchange for a first day…
Tomorrow we’ll start building the program! Update coming soon.