As we reported in the project news Vol.1, the project conducted training programs for Ward Facilitators and District Task Force members of Hai, Siha and Same Districts in Kilimanjaro Region, starting from March to up to June.
Since Tanzania possesses a vast expanse of land, it is not easy for the government to promote and sustain local development through local government authorities (LGAs) only. Furthermore, inadequate number of personnel in LGAs has been casting serious challenges in their local development. In such a situation, LGAs need to collaborate with local people to effectively promote their development, and therefore active and persistent participation of local communities is essential.
This training mainly targeted ward extension officers who were working for specific sectors such as agriculture, livestock or education before. The aim of this training is to develop basic knowledge and skills in understanding local society including the community and LGA. In the training, the participants also learned basic framework and practical methodologies for capacity building in a community. These are the indispensable elements in realizing self-reliant and sustainable local social development driven by local people themselves. By participating in this training, the ward extension officers are expected to perform as Ward Facilitators and promote community participation and their capacity building process through close collaboration with the people.
The District Task Force members, who are the selected local government officers from the LGAs, are expected to play a role in supporting Ward Facilitators, as well as to carry forward further promotion of improved O&OD in their LGA.
In class sessions, basic concept of ‘Local Social System' and knowledge and skills on ‘Participatory Development for Strengthening Capability Building in a Community' are introduced.
Group discussion among participants. One of the main attempts of this training is to encourage participants to come up with new ideas by themselves through their own work experiences.
One scene from the field session. Applying the knowledge gained from the class sessions, the participants collect information on collective actions in the community and are engaged in rapport building with the people. This is a picture taken during their discussions with a women's group in the village. This time around, some members of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) working on community development around Tanzania also participated as observers.
During the field session, O&OD project members visit each field to provide advices on how to better work on the field assignments.
During the field session, the Senior Facilitators (two gentlemen on the left), who are the experienced Ward Facilitators from other LGAs, also support the new Ward Facilitators.
Experienced Senior Facilitators (SFs). They are playing the role of training assistants to support both the class and field sessions in the facilitator training.
Members of the O&OD project team are also participating in the training in order to become the trainers in the near future.
Certificates were awarded to the participants on the last day of the training.
The project expects the participants to play a leading role in promoting community participation in their communities. They are also expected to establish collaborative development mechanisms between local government and communities within their LGA, for the achievement of good local governance. For this sake, O&OD project team continues to support the target LGAs.