OFFICIAL COMMENCEMENT OF THE CIVILIAN FOUNDATION COURSE (CFC)

The Civilian Foundation Course (CFC) commenced today 29 November 2021. The course comprises 20 participants drawn from 8 different countries from Eastern Africa Standby Force member states comprising, Comoros, Burundi, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda, Seychelles, Somalia, and Kenya. 

The opening ceremony was graced by Director EASF - Brig Gen (Rtd) Getachew Shiferaw Fayisa, Comdt HPSS - Col P A Nadio, SOI PSO - Lt Col Gichohi, and representatives from EASF headquarters. 

The Civilian Foundation Course targets civilians for the African Standby Capacity, who are eligible for deployment to Peace Support Operations. This mandatory basic course was designed in 2013 and recently has been reviewed by the AU to expose civilian experts to the conceptual and institutional frameworks of African Union (AU) multidimensional Peace Support Operations. The aim of the course is to equip the participants with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to perform effectively in the challenging PSO environment.

The course is scheduled to run for 10 days and will end on 08 December 2021.

COMMENCEMENT OF THE GENDER IN PSO COURSE

The Gender in PSO course commenced today, Monday, 29th November 2021, at the Humanitarian Peace Support School. The Course was officially opened by Col P A Nadio Commandant HPSS, graced by Lt Col Simon de Labillierre from the British Peace Support Team-Africa and other senior officers from HPSS.

The course brings together Military, Police, Corrections, and Civilian participants from 13 Countries - Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Zambia, Pakistan, Malawi, Botswana, Djibouti, Uganda, Burundi, and Kenya. The 2-week course is sponsored by the government of the United Kingdom through BPST- Africa.

There are 5 PSO missions represented namely United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

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IED THREAT MITIGATION SENIOR LEADERSHIP SEMINAR

The IED Threat Mitigation Senior Leadership Seminar was officially opened on Monday, 29th Nov 2021 by Col I K Guleid, Col Plans & Progs IPSTC, at the Peace and Conflict Studies School Karen.

The 4-day seminar has 18 participants from Kenya, Malawi, Burundi, Uganda, and Zambia. The aim of the course is to enhance senior leaders, staff officers, and planners' knowledge on fundamentals of IED threat mitigation who are currently earmarked on UN/AU mission.

"Currently, AMISOM is facing threats of VE which can only be mitigated through training on CIED. The course will familiarise officers on CIED and constraints led by IEDs," stated Col Guleid.

The course arose owing to the negative impact caused by explosive hazards resulting in the loss of lives, livelihoods, and limiting mission effectiveness.

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