Training of trainers on Disability Inclusion

Training of trainers on Disability Inclusion

On 27-28 September 2021, Light for the World (LFTW), in collaboration with the Disability Action Council Secretariat General (DAC-SG) and United Nations Development Programme in Cambodia (UNDP), organised a training of trainers (ToT) on Disability Inclusion (DI) for members of the DAC Secretariat General (DAC-SG) team and five Provincial DACs (Pro-DACs) from Siem Reap, Kampong Cham, Tboung Khmum, Kampong Speu, and Battambang. This training was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program. Ms Anne Rouve-Khiev, ACCESS Team Leader, was in attendance and provided welcome remarks along with H.E Prak Thaveak Pheary, Deputy Secretary General of the DAC-SG.

This two-day online training was organized for participants to ensure they:

  • are familiar with the Disability Inclusion Trainer’s Manual (Khmer version) and know how to use the manual;
  • are able to explain the basic concepts of disability and inclusion to others and have practiced their training skills during the online session;
  • are confident enough to organise a two-day Disability Awareness training in their provinces;
  • have reflected on their personal training skills and are clear on what is expected from them as a disability inclusion trainer; and
  • have made their own plan for rolling out the Disability Inclusion Training in the provinces.

Ms Anne Rouve-Khiev stated in the training: “I am very pleased with the improvement in the functioning of the disability coordination mechanisms at the sub-national level. With UNDP’s support, DAC-SG is providing effective guidance to the Provincial DACs to support persons with disabilities at the provincial levels. I have been very happy to witness the development of the DI ToT curriculum and the excellent technical assistance provided by LFTW and I trust this training will help to reinforce a strong culture of inclusion.”

H.E Prak Thaveak Pheary stated in her remarks that the training is valuable for Pro-DAC members to ensure that they will become the trainers to train other members. The knowledge received from this training will become a great asset for them in applying it within their daily role. With support from the ACCESS Program and in collaboration with UNDP, a mobile application (NDSP Monitoring App) is creating to monitor and collect results of the implementation of the National Disability Strategic Plan 2019-2023 (NDSP 2019-2023), in addition, through this Mobile App, DAC-SG can also receive update information regarding the progress of NDSP and some critical challenges encountered by persons with disabilities nationwide. H.E Prak Thaveak Pheary appreciated the support from the ACCESS Program to persons with disabilities in Cambodia.

During the training, participants were provided with a manual, methods, and tips for making the training inclusive, including exercises to help participants get familiar with the theme and understand concepts of Disability Inclusion.

As a next step, face-to-face trainings on DI have been proposed in the targeted provinces. H.E Prak Thaveak Pheary encouraged future trainers to be confident and keep practicing the provided training methods and be ready for the training to other members.