Afghan border police trainers develop instructional skills at OSCE, UNDP train-the-trainer course in Tajikistan



Sefatullah Rahmani (l), a trainer from the Afghan Border Police, discussing a lesson planning assignment with Nell Pates (r), an expert from the UNDP BOMNAF, Dushanbe, 14 April 2016. (OSCE/Ozoda Nurmatova)

DUSHANBE, 14 April 2016 – Today 18 border officials from two brigades of Afghanistan’s Border Police successfully completed a two-week train-the-trainer course at the OSCE Border Management Staff College in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

During the course participants were familiarized with modern instructional methods that were demonstrated by experts from the United Kingdom. They learned about effective knowledge delivery methods implemented through a quality interaction and involvement approach.

In the second week, the seven best students were selected to learn how to deliver border security training to their organisation’s newly-recruited trainers. This way the Afghanistan Border Police will be able to further enhance their training capability. The remaining 11 students benefited from an intensive four-day ICT training.

“Developing the instructional capacities of border security and management trainers plays a crucial role in further enhancing professional skills and competencies of border personnel in Afghanistan,” said Dita Nowicka, Director of the OSCE Border Management Staff College. “With courses like this, we aim to increase capacities of both newly-recruited and experienced educators.”

“As always, we are pleased to co-operate with our OSCE partners in this very practical way, to ensure that our beneficiaries from Afghanistan Border Police further improve their training capacity,” said William Lawrence, Project Manager of the UNDP-implemented Border Management Northern Afghanistan (BOMNAF). “They should soon be able to apply the new methodologies they have been taught by the UK experts in order to deliver their own train-the-trainer courses in Afghanistan. To this end BOMNAF is constructing a new training centre in Mazar-e-Sharif where many of the students from this course are based.”

Individual presentations and a large variety of group assignments were the basis of the ten-day training course, which was co-organized with the EU-funded, UNDP-implemented BOMNAF project.