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Training preparation workshop in Florence works on international curriculum

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FACET held a training preparation workshop in Florence, Italy, from 16-19 February 2020. Italian project partner ANPAS hosted the group at their national head offices.

After the basic curriculum had already been decided at the previous workshop, the training preparation workshop focused on the framework conditions for the international train-the-trainer courses to be held later on in the project at CDI, the project’s Macedonian partner. For instance, it was decided that the sessions on basic rhetorical and communication skills, that are usually part of first aid trainer seminars, will be held before the actual training activity takes place, so that the international trainer instructors can focus on the topics with a direct connection to first aid training during their one week in North Macedonia. Thereby, quality training will be ensured despite the time constraints of the project.

A significant part of the session was also used to pool the participants’ didactic expertise by going through the training chapters and exchanging experiences on how best to teach the specific topics.

The meeting was also used for a practical visit to the local branch of ANPAS, which is one of the oldest voluntary organisations in Florence, dating back to the 17th century, and which participates in the training best practice that the Italian colleagues brought to the project.

The content worked out in Florence will be compiled into a regular curriculum format until the upcoming study visit in May in Kaunas, Lithuania, where there will be the option for small last-minute changes and the final adaptation of the curriculum.

Project meeting in Riga – approaching international trainer education

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From 20-24 November 2019, the FACET consortium met in Riga, hosted by project partner LSA.

The meeting completed the catalogue of best practices in first aid education with the presentation of ASB Austria’s train-the-trainer education system. The project partners are now working on finalizing the drafts for their respective chapters of the best practice brochure that will showcase all practices that have been contributed to the project.

Another significant step taken in Riga was the beginning of in-depth discussions on how to create the curriculum for the planned courses in North Macedonia. The curriculum as such will be defined at a later workshop, but the issue that had to be elaborated first was how a maximum official recognition of the trainer certificates after the courses could be achieved

Many countries have laws or equivalent regulations that concern issues down to a very small level of detail. Such regulations are an obstacle when it comes to providing courses in another country, another language and in suitable but possibly different facilities, despite the learning results being the same.

The group decided on aiming for Austrian national certificates for the planned courses, as Austria only prescribes minimal prerequisites by law (mainly medical or paramedical prior education of the trainer candidates) and enables educational providers to develop their own extended quality frameworks – as ASB Austria has done and which the project group will do for the context of the project-internal courses.

The meeting was also taken as an opportunity to see one of the best practices up close: LSA took the project participants to a school they are working with, where they could watch a typical program volunteers of the Latvian organisation offer to approach elementary school aged children when it comes to first aid awareness.

The curriculum workshop to work out the details and framework conditions of the train-the-trainer courses will take place in February 2020 in Florence, Italy.

Workshop in Tetovo showcases more best practices

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From 17 to 19 June, the project partners of FACET came together in Tetovo, North Macedonia for a best practice exchange workshop, hosted by local project partner CDI.

After the kick-off in Cologne earlier this year where then-host ASB presented their school paramedic program, the workshop focused on presentations of best practices by other project partners. These included other initiatives focused on teaching first aid to children, such as from Latvian partner organisation LSA, or first aid training as a stepping stone for volunteers to later on join a UCPM-certified rapid response team, as practiced by Slovak partner organisation ASSR. More structural practices that have proven themselves in some project partners countries were also presented, such as the consolidation of a national training programme to ensure unified quality in volunteer training in organisations across the country, as was recently done by Italian project partner ANPAS.

With an eye on the introduction of first aid volunteer training into the activity portfolio of CDI later on in the project, the group also did a brief field visit to the local hospital that is working together with CDI in this effort.

The coming session will take place in Riga in November and continue the best practice exchange. It will also start to focus on matters of transferability and the most suitable starting curriculum for the later training sessions. An additional session of trainer instructors is planned later on to define an international course for the North Macedonian partners before their training can begin in the final phase of the project.


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