PATH Capacity Building Training – Day 7

MORNING

The last morning allowed participants to proceed further with the African networking process. During this session, co-organised with one of the participants, the group split in three groups according to a geographical criterium. The three networking groups were: Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and Western Africa.

During this meeting, each group discuss benchmarks in their regional area and identified the strengths, the weaknesses, the opportunities and the threats.

After identifying the main challenges faced in IVS projects, participants gathered in plenary to discuss gender balance, marketing and visibility, IVS awareness among local communities and youth involvement.

 

AFTERNOON

This last afternoon was the occasion to meet Mr Wadboulo, expert in laws and regulations. It was a good opportunity for the group to learn about cultural heritage laws in Uganda, and also to share their own knowledge about their countries.

The last session of this afternoon was the final evaluation of the training evaluation, that was proposed using 4 NFE tools:

  • Silent discussion on flipchart about knowledge that participants would like to bring at home or not
  • Space distribution about different topics (infopack, food, location, contents,…)
  • Sharing feelings about the training through a picture
  • Anonymous questionnaires

The results of this evaluation were positive and prove the involvement of each participant in the training and in the PATH project.

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PATH Capacity Building Training Uganda – Day 6

MORNING

These last two days focused on networking activities, aimed at creating new partnerships between organisations.

The director of CCIVS Victoria Lovelock and an expert about impact measurement, Francesco Volpini, joined the group for this day.

The group had the opportunity to ask many questions, collected during a previous group activity. Many of these questions were related to the organisation of networking and fundraising events, the mission of CCIVS as coordinating organisation and also its role in the different steps of the PATH project.

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At the end of this morning, participants gathered in three groups and had the chance to exchange with each expert about three different topics: communication and reporting guidelines with Mauro, promotion and communication with Vicky and workcamp organisation (recruitment, monitoring activities, financiamanagementnt) with Francesco.

 

AFTERNOON

This afternoon session was led by Francesco who explained in details the impact measurement process.

First, he made a presentation about the different aspects that have to be taken into account when implementing this kind of research, highlighting also the purposes of such analysis. Results from previous researches on IVS impact were presented. Francesco explained how each aspect of a workcamp can be identified as a normal situation (that can be classified in the “learning zone”) or as a complicated situation (that can be classified in the “panic zone”). Following this clarification, participants were invited to gather in groups and think about their own perceptions regarding the different steps of a workcamp. Through this activity, they could share their own experiences and compare their perceptions of the problems, according to their cultural and geographical backgrounds.

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At the end of this activity, participants gathered in plenary and share their results. This process allowed them to learn many good practices emerged from this informal discussion.

To conclude this afternoon, Francesco presented in details the impact measurement research linked to the PATH project. The collaboration of each member organisation is crucial for the success of this research. Participants expressed their involvement in this project and were willing to learn more about the expectations of CCIVS.

Before the end of this afternoon session, the trainers organised speed-meetings that allowed participants to exchange about potential collaborations between organisations.

The conlcuding activity of the day involved participants in the productions of the clips for the promotional video.

 

PATH Capacity Building Training Uganda – Day 5

MORNING

The morning session focused on the themes of risk management and gender issue.

For the first activity, participants gathered in groups and prepared a role game where they were supposed to illustrate specific issues on the topic of relationships between volunteers, such as:

  • A man sharing his room with another one who is very feminine
  • A man trying to hug a woman who doesn’t want to
  • A female volunteer complaining about the fact that men don’t cook
  • A woman trying to enter an historical site with clothes that don’t respect the traditions

The activity provided the group with an entertaining and effective method to discuss gender issues and issues related to gender problematics.

The second activity was dedicated to risk management in general. Each participant was asked to present one situation difficult to handle before, during or after a workcamp. The different cases were:

  • Tolls are missing a few days before the workcamp starts
  • No transportation available to pick up participants a few days before their arrival
  • The site manager informs the workcamp leader that the site is not accessible anymore
  • The workcamp leader has health issues and cannot manage the workcamp
  • There are many cancellations and only national volunteers are planning to come

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AFTERNOON

A game workshop was organised at the beginning of this afternoon. Its aim was to provide participants NFE tools to be used in workcamp and intercultural projects, how to adapt them to cultural heritage topics and to the special needs of participants.  The different types of games presented during this workshop were:

  • name games
  • getting to know each other games
  • energizers
  • “disenergizers”
  • team building
  • splitting group games
  • brain teasers

The last part of the afternoon was the moment to talk about media production, another important element of the PATH project and the GLobal Communication Campaign. Trainers presented the two different video structures that each member organisation of the project is expected to produce during their workcamp.

As a practical example of production of creative media on the topic of cultural heritage, the idea of a promotional video for the training was developed. Through a brainstorming, the group reflected about the content of the video and planned the different steps for the next days.

 

 

PATH Capacity Building Training Uganda – Day 4

Due to difficulties to reach the study visit site in the previous day, it was decided to spend this entire fourth day in Wamala.

The group started to explore the site by visiting the main building where one of the kings is still buried. Participants had the honor to meet the King’s widow for a brief exchange.

After this visit, participants met Mr Ssenoga, an expert on colonial heritage and conflict and post-conflict areas. After his presentation, participants were invited to share their feedback on the topic and to ask  questions.

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Valerie coordinated the following activity, using the method of the “silent discussion” that allowed participants to think about the different roles of each stakeholder in the field of the cultural heritage.

The fourth and last part of this visit was a practical session: divided into three small groups, participants engaged in hands-on activities aimed at planting new trees in the site  (digging holes, moving the earth, planting the small trees).

 

This day was intense as it featured many activities in this main cultural site of Uganda. The Feedback from participants was very positive, and the whole visit was evaluated as very interesting and concrete. Meeting the King’s widow was for many of them a major learning and emotional experience.

PATH Capacity Building Training Uganda – Day 3

MORNING

During the first session of the morning, participants had the opportunity to share their opinions and experiences on project management through an open debate, which included different topics: demanding participants, loosing volunteers, infopack, language, cultural differencies, tehcnical procedures. This activity was beneficial as the group could learn about best practices and solutions to apply to challenging situations.

The last part of this morning session was meant to present the impact measurement process, an important element in the PATH project. This presentation was connected with another related session held in the second part of the training.

 AFTERNOON

The afternoon was divided in two main parts: the study visit in Kampala and the visit of the Uganda Museum in Kampala.

Mr Mugerwa, met again the group during the visit to the site. Thanks to his explanations, participants had the opportunity to learn details about the tombs and their structure. In addition to that, they took part in practical activities with craftsmen working on site. This visit was a concrete way to integrate the presentations of the first day.

After this visit, participants went to the Uganda Museum of Kampala where they explored many different aspects of the Ugandan culture. Thanks to a guided visit, the group learnt further elements of the regional cultural heritage, including traditions and typical stories from the region.

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PATH Capacity Building Training Uganda – Day 2

MORNING

The second PATH Capacity Building Training started officially with formal speeches from Edward Kaweesa, director of the Uganda Voluntary Development Association; Victoria Lovelock, director of CCIVS and Mauro Carta, CCIVS program manager.

The two trainers, Mauro Carta and Valerie Weidinger proposed the first activities: a name game and a global presentation of the PATH project, aimed at providing more details about the training taking place in Uganda.

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After some logistic expalanation, participants were invited pto present their local projects, focusing on their PATH workcamps and sharing information about their organisations and the different ongoing activities.

 

AFTERNOON

During the second part of the morning, participants had the chance to reflect about their expectations, fears and contributions for the training. Mauro presented the results of this activity and highlighted the main inputs from the group.

Mr Kigongo Remigius Mugerwa, site manager and heritage conservator for UNESCO at the Kasubi Tombs, presented the following session.  This site, situated in Kampala, is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 2001. The expert explained some aspects of the site management and the strategies to protect it  from the different risks,  such as the fire that happened in 2010. This presentation was preparatory to the visit of the next day in Kasubi.

This first part of the afternoon was completed by a presentation about cultural heritage. This was the occasion to present some definitions about heritage, and to compare the perceptions of each participant about this aspect. Among the inputs from the group, it was specified that:

  • heritage can be a source of identity
  • it can be a way for peace and conflict transformation
  • it is a political recognition on a national level
  • it is linked with economic and social development

To conclude this session, participants were asked to link a type of heritage with an example from their own experience. They presented many types of heritage, typical from their culture.

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At the end of this afternoon, participants had a brief presentation about the  International Voluntary Service movement, its history and its link with cultural heritage.

Finally, participants shared their feedback on the day gathered in small reflections groups.