4 Jun 2013

RiPPLE Organizes Graduation for GLoWS Trainees

Eighty water sector experts working in government agencies and the private sector in 15 Woredas of the South Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State /SNNPR/ received certificates marking the successful conclusion a four month long training on Guided Learning on Water and Sanitation dubbed as GLoWS.

Graduates with officialsThe GLoWS program which was implemented by Research-inspired Policy and Practice Learning in Ethiopia (RiPPLE) and funded by UNICEF is a practical on the job training designed to respond to the urgent need of mitigating possible water pollution hazards and performance problems in rural water supply and sanitation systems which can have adverse health effects on consumers; and it is basically a capacity-building project targeting woreda level WaSH experts who are mostly TVET college graduates. 

 The trainees were provided with self-learning training modules produced both in English and Amharic languages; and over the past four months they were learning and working while stationed in their respective duty districts. The self-learning modules have key information, specific field assignments with ‘learning by-doing’ exercises and a question and answer section where they can check their own progress as they proceed. The GLoWS training is unique in that the trainees also benefited from the regular face-to-face guidance and supportive supervision by their trainers who were recruited from Technical and Vocational Colleges and experienced staff from the government office of Water and Energy.

 During the course of the training, the current graduates have covered relevant thematic areas such as community water supply, water quality risk management, water supply improvement, sustainable multiple use water services, sanitation and hygiene, management and finance of WaSH, process facilitation, community water and sanitation action planning, comprehensive WaSH assessment and community WaSH action plan.

Partial view graduates Speaking on the occasion of the graduation, RiPPLE Executive Director Deres Abdulkadir expressed his conviction that the graduates would make utmost use of the knowledge and skills harnessed during the training period to better serve the rural communities. 

The graduates of this second phase of the GLoWS project were awarded certificates to certify completion of their four-month training; and the certificates were handed out by RiPPLE’s Exec. Director Deres Abdulkadir, Ato Woubshet Tsegaye, Deputy Head of the Regional Bureau of Water & Energy, and by Ato Eyob Ada, representative of the Regional TVET Bureau. 

Deputy Head of SNNPR’s Bureau of Water and Energy Wubeshit Tsegaye on his part urged graduates to work towards sharing of knowledge and skills to other colleagues who haven’t got the opportunity to be part of the GLoWS training. He also expressed his gratitude to RiPPLE and UNICEF for supporting the regional government’s effort in mitigating problems in rural water supply and sanitation.