Completion of BL Orientation and Training of Trainers
A total of over 40 potential trainers have been identified for the MBLP since January 2011 through close coordination with key academic partners on-the-ground including independent participants from Cotabato City (past fellows of the Center), Notre Dame Jolo College, Nagdilaab Foundation, the Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace, Peace Advocates-Zamboanga, and the Tawi-Tawi Islamic Association for Community Transformation.
Potential trainers have gone through an average of over 40 hours each of formal training on basic principles and concepts of Bridging Leadership and a review of various approaches to adult learning. On top of this, pre- and post-training outputs were required of the potential trainers. From these sessions, participants were significantly able to generate new and endogenous approaches to facilitating and implementing key workshops for the program’s Fellows this coming July 2011 (1st Cohort) and January 2012 (2nd Cohort).
Trainers’ development is a continuing process under the MBLP and is seen to be a catalyst for participants to effectively echo basic principles and approaches of bridging leadership in their respective schools and communities.
Aside from endogenous approaches, new structured learning exercises (SLE) were identified including Mindanao-focused and Mindanao-supportive learning materials to ensure that upcoming Fellows’ workshops are effectively contextualized.
The MBLP team is busy preparing to identify an initial group of trainers to field as workshop coaches and session support specialists for upcoming Fellows’ workshops. The first workshop is set for July 11 to 17, 2011, to be held at the Asian Institute of Management. The second workshop is targeted for September 28 to October 2, 2011. The last two workshops of the first cohort’s 15-month curriculum are scheduled for February and July in 2012.