CHILD PROTECTION TRAINING OF TRAINERS COURSE

The Child Protection Training of Trainers course started on 16th Aug 21 at the Peace and Conflict Studies School (PCSS). The two-week course, sponsored by the government of Sweden through Save the Children International, is designed for KDF Officers who are preparing for deployment to different peace operations missions in the region. Conduct of this course marks almost two decades of an enduring mutual partnership between IPSTC and Save the Children International on matters of Child Protection capacity building for multidimensional Peace Operations personnel. A total of twenty (20) participants comprising of 4 female and 16 male officers are taking part.

The course was officially opened by the Director IPSTC, Brig Joyce C Sitienei MBS ‘ndc’ (K) flanked by the Col Plans and Programmes, Col G O Ohndyl. The course sponsor was represented by Ms Kijala Shako, the Head of Advocacy, Campaigns, Communication and Media at Save the Children East and Southern Africa.

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NON VIOLENT CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND GENDER AWARENESS TRAINING

The first Non Violent Conflict Management and Gender Awareness Training of Trainers Course funded by the Government of Germany through GIZ and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) was successfully conducted at the Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS) for two weeks. The closing ceremony was presided over by the Commandant HPSS, Col Philis A. Nadio with the presence of the GIZ Programme Director, Support to Refugees and Host Communities in Kenya, Dr. Gabriele Wurster-Vihuto on Friday, 06 August 2021. Thirty four (34) senior Kenyan Government officials working in Turkana West Sub County particularly at the Refugee Affairs Secretariat (RAS), Deputy County Commissioner and Sub County Administration Offices enhanced their knowledge, skills and attitudes in conflict management for non-violent and gendered approaches in their work. They additionally, enhanced their training capacity to impart knowledge and skills on the same to their personnel, refugees and host community. Ten female and 24 male participants were represented.

Dr Gabriele expressed her gratitude on the collaboration between IPSTC and GIZ in capacity building. She informed the participants that they were valuable agents of change and that they should apply the knowledge and skills acquired for stronger partnership, training cascade and improvement of service delivery for effective refugee protection and social cohesion with the host communities in Kalobeyei Settlement and Kakuma Refugee Camp. The Commandant HPPS greatly appreciated the partnership by the Government of Kenya and Germany for such a fruitful training to promote a peaceful and non-violent approaches to conflicts in refugee set up. She commended the participants for their commitment and active participation in the training. She urged the trainees to enhance community security and peaceful co- existence between the refuges and host populations.

AMISOM XI COMMAND GROUP PRE DEPLOYMENT TRAINING

AMISOM XI Command Group Pre Deployment Training commenced at the Humanitarian Peace Support School with 53 participants drawn from different Formations of the Kenya Defence Forces.

The opening ceremony was graced by GOC Westcom Maj General M Kivunzi accompanied by Director IPSTC - Brigadier L Mwazighe, Commander 4 Brigade Brigadier Kuto, Chief of Training HQ Keny Army - Brigadier Mzee and SOI PSO HPSS Lt Col Gichohi.

The aim of the course is to equip the command and staff with the knowledge and skills necessary to operate effectively in the mission environment and to impart that knowledge, skills and attitudes to their troops in the implementation of the AMISOM mandate.

On his keynote address, Gen. Kivunzi told the participants to pay close attention during the training in order to tap from the wealth of knowledge and experience of each other and that of the facilitators so as to effectively and efficiently undertake assigned duties. He stated that high standards of conduct and behaviour are expected as they go to AMISOM which is a a multinational and multidimensional environment.

The course is scheduled to run for 2 weeks and will end on 06 August 2021.

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