A Struggle for Balance between Types of Training Events
Dagmawi Wube from Ethiopia reflects on lessons learned as a trainer
This article has got its inception out of the repeatedly similar testimonies that were received from various trainees in various places throughout Ethiopia. Ethiopia is mostly known for the lack of quality educational facility and delivery. Well, from the ground level, this seems to be the obvious reality that everybody can attest to. However, there is a surprising, deep and wide range of various wisdom types that can flow from Ethiopians, not only for its natives but also for nations of the surrounding countries and beyond. One of the keys for this achievement, however, is to help pieces of training maintain their balance between traditional and folk training and professional/certifying interventions. Not only this, while keeping this balance is a key step, helping the overlooked traditional trainers emerge and flourish is the other key thing for a greater achievement. We have three short testimonies of respective trainees to assess how we have attempted keep the balance between types of training.
The first trainee from the North Eastern part of Ethiopia has fervently testified: “I wonder why we Ethiopians do not use our own people to draw their wisdom. We usually seek a professional trainer from abroad to give us something ‘new.’ As for me, this training I received here has significantly changed the way I think and act. But, initially, I didn’t expect it to be that powerful.” I assume that this kind of imbalanced expectation is common everywhere. Well, this might sound a fallacy, but, I’ve got this trainees astonishment after I took part in a Training of Trainers course (ToT) from ICTI. But, what this means is we only needed a way to see on how we could do it. The content and wisdom are already within us. Shaping the technical how-tos has helped me, the trainee of ICTI, train my people with our own content. Hence, I decided that the first balance we should keep should be a balance between Imported Training and Native Training. Before there comes a modern training, there was the fathers’ cultural content; and there has to be a balance between the two.
The second testimony from the second trainee is this: “I regretted that I was intentionally seeking for a training type that was highly professional, that grants a professional certification, and that helps for building a good CV and eventually help to receive a good employment or salary increment. However, I later understood that I can take simple informative training even for a personal life’s sake.” This shows us that many people incline to the professional training types. Yet, there are lots of wisdom they miss from the training types that are not technical and professional. It really is sad that many people are not interested in training types that do not grant highly professional certificates that help for better employment or salary. Honestly speaking, I am thankful to ICTI that it helped me work hard on the way I should present informative training in a way that they look technical and professional. Therefore, even if we do not present an internationally acceptable certificate, our trainees have enjoyed our presentation for what they used to know. Thus, it’s my decision that we should explore the informative training issues and topics and give them to trainees in an organized way so people can renew and reuse their already held knowledge anew. So many valuable traditional contents have been overlooked, covered and unfavoured for the sake of un-certification. But, we should work hard to regain them in a more meaningful way.
The last testimony received was from the Southern part of Ethiopia. This part of the country is blessed with the gospel as they were from among the first receivers of it. The trainee from this region said: “I don’t know how long we should continue to receive training and not start giving. We have been receiving for a long time. But, your training has alarmed me to start thinking that I could use this new skill you’ve shown us to give what I have.” Sure, many people are struggling to make a balance between a training type they should receive and give. How we should reach out to them to help reconcile this dilemma matters for their labour's safe delivery. We need to train trainees to unleash their untapped potential with the how-tos training. Many of them blame themselves for receiving training most of the times but not applying or working on it. It is a must to break some peoples’ unhealthy inclinations to roam around for international training just for the sake of picnic travels, and psychological refreshments.
Putting all these into a nutshell leads me to the conclusion that training needs to have balances of various things. These balances are a balance of native content and visitant discipline, a balance of training between the professional and informative and lastly, a training balance between receiving and giving. Once we, both ICTI and its worldwide trainees, work hard to reconcile these balances, we will make miracles out of training from all types and balances.
May the year 2019 and the consequent next century be the years ahead to work on various training types! Thank you ICTI!
Dagmawi Wube has been working with SIM Ethiopia for almost seven years. He is currently working with the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC) Head Office’s Discipleship Dept. Dagmawi travels extensively to give training.