|Guide to Developing Training Strategies (Department of Humanitarian Affairs/United Nations Disaster Relief Office - Disaster Management Training Programme - United Nations Development Programme , 55 p.)|
The long-term support for training very much depends on setting realistic and achievable objectives. Many training programmes fail to begin or continue due to overambitious objectives that can not be achieved. A bad start is the primary way to kill a programme. Objectives such as creating experts on specific subjects and the acquisition of expert knowledge are not very easily achieved over short periods of training. They require long-term, intensive courses and practical opportunities to put the technical/theoretical knowledge into practice.
A well designed series of training activities may help to achieve the following:-
· provide information on current national/international knowledge and where this knowledge is located
· help to restructure existing knowledge, identify gaps, strengths and future organisational and individual needs
· teach a few practical tasks in disaster management that can be implemented rapidly and will benefit the participants organisations
· share knowledge and experience as well as stimulate critical and creative thinking. It should be noted, however, that putting these into practice requires organisational/institutional commitment to collaboration with related bodies and an openness to change.
· stimulate cooperation among neighbouring countries. However, the continuity of this cooperation may require national and international support for implementation of knowledge and skills acquired though training and a regional focal point to act as the co-ordinator of such cooperation
· encourage interagency and government-agency communication. However, cooperation in actions is also critical in improving performance.