The 19th day of September 2011 set the ball rolling (in totality) for WLP’s Global Training of Trainers Institutes (G-TOT). The second part of the G-TOT training took place immediately after the Transnational Partners Convening in Warrenton, Virginia, USA. Partner organizations from Bahrain, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey, and Zimbabwe participated in the Introductory Session that was rich, fun-filled, and experiential.
The seven hour Introductory Session was highly interactive and participatory as participants shared experiences and views on how to move the Initiative forward in realising the Partnership’s purpose for the G-TOT. The discussions revealed enthusiasm in achieving the objectives of the G-TOT, as challenges and ways forward were discussed.
The zeal and vision to see through the objectives of the G-TOT prompted discussions that centered on how to adapt the process to each context; the importance of commitments signed on to by facilitators who will form the Global Training of Trainers team — either at the organizational level or as an individual; the use of improvisation at trainings relating to context and specificity of the group of participants without losing WLP’s training methodology; conducting at least one G-TOT in every region of the world; and the need for a clearly stated criteria for participation for all National TOTs.
Of course it was not all about work, work, work! Fun was equally part of the G-TOT either standing out distinctly or at other times entwined with some sessions–making it all memorable and worth partaking in. I will not forget the song and dance steps rendered by Aziza Abemba (Zimbabwe) which speaks to the power of women, and how fast Soraida Hussein (Palestine) caught up with the lyrics and steps of the Zimbabwean music. Another memorable and fun part was an exercise shared by Betty Yeoh from Malaysia (another great facilitator I was privileged to co-facilitate a session with) titled “the blanket exercise.” It stays forever in my memory. Oh, how I miss Ho Yock Lin! There was no dull moment with her!
In all, the Introductory Session was very enriching and fulfilling as a pool of facilitators was realized at the training through the involvement of participants as co-facilitators and interactive sessions and role-plays.
The work has begun and I look forward to be a part of it – directly or indirectly!