​ULIA-BLA IFLA Train the Trainers Workshop for top officials of National Library Associations in Sub-Saharan Africa

ULIA-BLA IFLA Train the Trainers workshop participants

IFLA supported an International Advocacy Programme project in Uganda in 2018. After completion of this regional project we asked the project team some questions and this is what they told us about the workshop they organised.

What were your goals?

  • Raise awareness on UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Develop participants' data collection and analysis skills;
  • Develop practical skills in telling stories from the collected data that relate to the libraries contribution towards the attainment of SDGs;
  • Presentation of the story collections to policy and decision makers to show how libraries contribute to UN SDGs hence getting support towards library development.

How did you plan to make this happen?

The workshop took place from 2-3 May 2018 and our target participants included top officials of National Library Association and National Libraries in Sub Saharan Africa, including from Botswana, Lesotho, Liberia, Sudan, Eritrea, Burundi, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda.

How did it work?

IFLA Trainers held online meetings on the content to be delivered at the workshop. Invitations were sent on email, mobile phone SMS and follow up phone calls were made to ensure the availability of the participants for the workshop.

During the training sessions, the trainers used a combination of Powerpoint presentations, case study and discussion/participatory approaches to deliver and share information and experiences. Soft copies of the slides for the modules presented were provided to the participants at the end of the training. The training adopted an interactive and participatory approach that aimed at involving the participants’ interest in learning as much as possible.

Question and answer sessions were used throughout the training period to create an interactive environment. Flip charts were used when making illustrations and/or highlighting discussion points. In addition, participants were issued with an information kit which included the handouts about the programme to enable them make references.

Through the mixed training methods, participants were able to interact and share work experiences with their colleagues and the trainers.

How did you use communications during the project?

During the project a number of communication channels were used for its promotion which included emails, SMS messaging and telephone calls.

What did you learn in the process?

The project team realised that there is a need to involve as many Associations from the different regions who were not able to make it to the workshop. In additin, it's also important to nclude translation services for participants who cannot easily communicate in English.

What are your next steps?

  1. The workshop was well attended and supported by both representatives from Library Associations and National Libraries in the Sub-Saharan region. The representatives promised to deliver similar training and other activities for their local library communities.
  2. General Agreements regarding IFLA International Advocacy Programme were signed by the Association and National Libraries representatives to promote IAP in their national library community.
  3. The participants also committed to delivering training and other activities for their local libraries as well as liaising with their local library community to promote the IFLA IAP and related activities.