Training of Trainers in eThekwini (Durban, South Africa)

World Water Academy newsletter item: Training of Trainers in eThekwini (Durban, South Africa)

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World Water Academy, represented by Agnes Maenhout and Ingrid Schröders, delivered in June a Training of Trainers for eThekwini Water and Sanitation in Durban, South Africa. This training programme was offered to twenty superintendents/ process engineers in the field of wastewater treatment.  Their manager of the Works department, Mohammed Dildar , wants to train  all 250 operators at the wastewater treatment plants. World Water Academy, together with the Centre of Expertise developed four modules about Wastewater treatment for process operators. These modules will be delivered by the  superintendents of ethekwini according to the World Water Academy concept: content, combined with an appropriate teaching method and given by a specialist.

The 2,5 days training of trainers combined theory with practical exercises and was applied to the daily work on a wastewater treatment plant. The participants learned how to perform in front of a class and practiced using interactive teaching methods. They experienced how participants learn best, how to use the developed material and how to manage their preparation. World Water Academy assessed the trainers. Good structure, lively presentation and interactivity with the group were important criteria to become a certified trainer. The examination consisted of a written test and a practical teaching assignment. 75% of the participants successfully passed the exam.

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The participants were a bit reserved at the start of the training, but eventually the interactivity of the training created an lively and open atmosphere. Everyone intensively participated in the exercises, assignments and mini-lessons. At the end of the training a very positive and proud feeling dominated. The recently published Communiqué of eThekwini Water and Sanitation gives an overview of the training and the graduates.

Some quotes of the participants about the training:

  • I learned so many things, different methods of presenting the lessons. Making the audience involved, different styles of teaching and training
  • Gives strength and power
  • Made me an effective trainer
  • The course was very good. Especially the trainers, they were superstars
  • I found the course interesting and would like to have more than I had

On our website you can find an overview of all our wastewater treatment courses.

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