Padma R Brahma, Award Leader, Heritage Girls School, Udaipur and T4T participant submitting a report on Asia Pacific Training for Trainers (T4T) held from 8th - 10 March 2015
All arrangements in place, the 7th saw the arrival of the delegates. They came in from different parts of the country and continent (Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Mahatashtra, Rajasthan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka) and lent a shade of vibrancy to the school atmosphere and the scenic beauty of the venue.
The training itself was spread over three days and covered various aspects of training, especially with reference to the Award programme. Participants learnt to categorize the available data; design training content; understand that the audience is always a mix of different intelligences and learnt ways to cater to each one of them. Another very important lesson that escaped no one was one of Rob Oliphant's screaming flip chart reading, "PREPARATION PREPARATION PREPARATION". Fun and learning intertwined in the interactive training sessions.
At the core of teaching was the individual presentations that the trainees made, where they presented various aspects of the Award in a simulated live classroom. The topics were assigned to pairs of participants on the first day of training, to be presented over the next two days. The entire block was abuzz with activity: people planning their presentations animatedly; some walking around the premises looking for props; some working on laptops; some colouring, cutting and pasting charts (some even had to forgo the yummy Rajasthani lunch!!).
One-by-one the teams presented and received feedback - one had never fully comprehended the meaning of 'constructive feedback' until then. The programme exposed all to different methods employed to train. Rob used flipcharts and not the 'traditional' power point presentations which stayed in the room and transformed it into a livewire that constantly reinforced everything learnt. Click for pictures