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WASH e-learning courses
The ECB WASH e-learning courses are available in English and French, online at the Disaster Ready website: http://www.disasterready.org/
Why the e-learning approach?
Face-to-face training workshops, while extremely valuable, only reach a limited number of emergency staff. Teams from country programs are less likely to have the opportunity to attend workshops, yet they are critical to the success of a humanitarian response.
E-learning on the other hand can reach a wide audience, is sustainable and cheaper in the long-term, and has a lower environmental impact than a one-off workshop. In addition, an e-learning course allows the learner to progress at their own speed and pause for reflection as they learn.
What are the WASH courses about?
In response to the need for a more comprehensive and wide-reaching approach to capacity building, Oxfam developed two Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) e-learning courses on behalf of the ECB Project agencies.
Technical Project Management (TPM) in WASH emergencies is about planning, resourcing, and implementing a technical WASH engineering project. This course introduces and familiarises staff with standard project management stages and tools in a creative, practical and innovative way. It covers areas such as logistics processes, risk management and quality control.
Information, Education and Communication (IEC) in WASH emergencies is about health and hygiene promotion. It helps the learner practice critical reflection throughout the simulated project, with reference to the context they are working in, the population affected by the crisis and the decisions to be made.
Both courses place the learner into simulated emergency contexts that require them to respond and solve realistic challenges. The courses test participants' planning and decision-making skills during simulated emergencies, such as drought, flooding and earthquake, set in both rural and urban contexts. The courses take about 4-6 hours to complete but they do not have to be completed in one sitting; the bookmark facility ensures that you can exit at any time and return to the same place you finished, even if there is a power cut.
Who should try these courses?
These courses were designed for country-based WASH teams. The TPM course is intended for national field engineering staff deployed to technical WASH programs, and the IEC course is for health and hygiene promotion staff who contribute to WASH program design at field level, and / or other field staff involved in IEC interventions. At present the courses are only available in English.
Feedback from the Pilot Phase
These courses were developed with input from a wide range of technical experts across multiple organizations. The courses were piloted for 3 months (July to September 2012), during which time they were accessed by 288 staff from 52 different agencies and partners in 49 countries. A total of 116 staff completed the entire courses during the pilot phase.
Participant feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. In addition to a post-course evaluation, a number of participants were contacted for follow-up interviews 3-6 months after completing the courses. 59% of respondents have already applied their learning in their current role and 78% have shared their learning with others.
"I think all engineers should have some induction into hygiene promotion as well, to understand the software, not just the hardware we are working on. Program Managers, and Logistics staff, they should all do these courses to understand where they come in the process. “Information, Education and Communication course participant and WASH Engineer, Kenya
How can you access these courses?
We are extremely happy to announce that the ECB WASH e-learning courses (Technical Programme Management for WASH Emergencies, and Information, Education and Communication for WASH Emergencies), are now available, in English and French, online at the Disaster Ready website: http://www.disasterready.org/
Anyone can register on the site and access these courses for free. You do not need any prior experience to do them.
Photo: © ECB Project and Oxfam 2012. Front pages of the Technical Project Management (above) and Information, Education and Communication modules (below).