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STITCH - Training of the Trainers’ programme

30 June 2021
AYAT Skill Development Center (ASDC) along with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and RedOrange jointly organised a 3-day Training of the Trainers (TOT) under the project (STITCH) - RHR Tailor-made Information and Training to Contribute to Occupational Health and Safety Conditions of Factory workers in the Ready-made Garment sector in Bangladesh.

The ToT was conducted with the aim of in house capacity building of ASDC trainers for a deeper understanding of the subject issues of SRHR and to enhance classroom teaching and delivery practices mechanism. This ToT was a long waited key activity of the project, hold amid uncertainty and stress over the COVID situation in Bangladesh.

The 3-day training programme focused on the key subjects of the final draft of the training manual 'Reproductive health, Wellness and Productivity' was jointly developed by RedOrange with the technical support and guidance of ASDC and VU experts,  used as the learning tool. The training was delivered in a blended method – online and offline, utilising adult learning and teaching methods.  A total number of 11 participants – Trainers of ASDC were trained - were joined by four TMT trainers as Co-learner as well as acted as associates to the key resource persons.

The poll of resource persons was a combination of subject experts from VU Amsterdam Centre for International Cooperation , IPDS, RedOrange and ASDC. The training sessions were divided into two major segments – the first part was for going deeper into the subject and the second part was on internalisation, reflection and practices as a trainer.  Subjects covered were gender identity and perspective, cultural-social, diversity and inclusiveness, child marriage- risk and implications, family planning, decision making, reproductive health, violence, sexual harassment, wellness and productivity and on the emotional and practical aspects of friendship-love & risky behaviour- cybercrimes and prevention and safe relationship. The last day sessions focused on the reflections and planning. The programme ended with an evaluation and certification. The ToT was jointly inaugurated by Nusrat Aman, CEO of ASDC and Dr Ellen W Bal, Director, STITCH programme.

Post TMT steps are finalisation of the Training Manual after reviewing and incorporation of the feedback of the trainees, and proceed with the Piloting phase – inclusion of the learning issues in the curriculum of vocational training programme of ASDC – initially,  and rolling out across the RMG and production sectors.

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