POM and CLTSH Training

25 Apr 2013

RiPPLE Provides POM and CLTSH Training to Key Water Sector Staff

POM trainees at a motorized scheme in Woyenenata VillagePOM trainees at a motorized scheme in Woyenenata Village

A total of about 90 experts are attending two parallel trainings, namely Community Led Total Sanitation and Hygiene (CLTSH) and Preventive Operation and Maintenance (POM), which are expected to complement the envisaged outcomes of the Guided Learning on Water and Sanitation project (otherwise known as GLoWS Phase II project). The trainings are organized by Research-inspired Policy and Practice Learning in Ethiopia-RiPPLE; and participants were drawn from government water and health offices as well as the private sector in 15 Woredas of the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Regional (SNNPR) State.

The GLoWS project identified WaSH sector staff at Woreda level to be in a very good position to support communities, particularly water and sanitation committees (WaSHCOs) and health extension workers (HEW) to identify the main water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) risks and help them develop action plans to reduce these risks and ensure the sustainability of WaSH. Accordingly, the trainings which are being run in conjunction with the GLoWS phase II project are meant to enhance the capacities of previous graduates of TVETCs (Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges) who are currently working as WaSH sector staff at Woreda level.

Facilitated by RiPPLE, the two training sessions on CLTSH and POM are being provided by experienced experts from the regional government bureaus of Water and Energy and Health and are supported by instructors from the Dilla TVET College.

Much emphasis is given to the practical aspect which takes trainees to rural water facilities and communities to observe first hand; learn and analyze various water supply, sanitation and hygiene related issues on the ground and provide possible solutions supported by their trainers. CLTSH Trainees in Breakout SessionCLTSH Trainees in Breakout Session

This phase of the GLoWS project (dubbed GLoWS II) is funded by UNICEF; and it is being implemented in 32 Woredas of SNNPR of which 15 are being covered by RiPPLE while SNV manages the remaining 17. The duration of the current phase of the GLoWS course is about 3 months, after which the graduates are expected to assist in the scaling-up of the program to other Woredas.

RiPPLE operates from its Regional Office in Hawassa for the implementation of several projects in the SNNPR, including GLoWS. As a key partner in a consortium of different organizations who have collaborated in the development of the GLoWS concept, RiPPLE was involved in the development, piloting and rollout of the GLoWS modules; and while it had previously been responsible for the implementation of the first phase (GLoWS I) in 4 woredas of Gedeo Zone, it is now implementing the second phase (GLoWS II) in 15 woredas of 3 zones of the SNNPR namely, Sidama, Gedeo and Segen Hizboch zones.

It is to be recalled that the kickoff meeting of GLoWS II was conducted in December 2012 for three days in Hawassa town, seat of the SNNP Regional State.