Training of Trainers
Between 2nd and 5th February 2016, CEEC held a Training of Trainers under the project Working with community leaders in Burnt Forest to promote nonviolent, gender and ethnic inclusive communities.The project which started in 2014 is supported by GIZ(CPS) and it seeks to strengthen the community’s capacity to prevent and appropriately respond to gender based violence as a contribution to overall peace and harmony in the area. The ToT which was held at Kamuyu PCEA church was informed by a needs assessment that was done in 2015 to identify capacity gaps. It is hoped that with the ToT, the trainees will be able to organize themselves in a way that will ensure the sustainability of the project once CEEC exits.
Apart from a refresher session on gender, the training mainly covered the law governing various forms of gender based violence, marriage, children’s rights as well as inheritance. It was apparent that the trainees really needed to understand the law in order to get rid of the deeply entrenched cultural beliefs. They were shocked by most of the legal provisions and admitted that as community leaders, they were hitherto breaking the law with impunity. They appreciated the fact that they now understood the law and the fact that it overrode culture where there was a conflict.The trainees were also taken through facilitation skills to help them understand how they can reach various groups within the community e.g. youth, men etc. At the end of the training, the ToTs agreed to form a network so that they can be supporting each other.Click here to view gallery.