Training is a form of education that helps develop a person’s abilities to gain new knowledge, acquire new skills and employ creative methods of problem-solving.  This training program is based on a participatory approach, i.e. on the method of participation.  The whole group actively participates in the process of learning, allowing individuals to share and exchange their knowledge and problems, and then together search for optimal solutions to their common issues.

The purpose of a training program is to provide a setting where:

  • the participants’ knowledge and abilities are valued and constitute the base for new information;
  • the participants have an opportunity to share their experience and analyze it in a comfortable atmosphere, without anyone forcing or constraining their responses;
  • there is an opportunity to learn through practice;
  • participation in the training session is voluntarily and participants take responsibility for the skills and knowledge they acquire (i.e. there are no grades, exams and other ‘punitive’ methods of evaluating new knowledge).

Additionally, the participatory method provides the unique opportunity to study complicated or emotionally sensitive issues in the safe environment of a training session, rather than a real life situation that poses threats and risks.  Training allows for learning without the anxiety or discomfort that result from a ‘wrong’ answer.

Needs Assessment  Guidelines for Developing a Training Program

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