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One more batch of TFI Graduates produced under Baliyo Ghar program

One more edition of Training for Instructor (TFI) course has been accomplished under Baliyo Ghar Program, a technical assistance program funded by USAID and implemented by NSET. Altogether, 28 participants; Engineers and Social Development Officers engaged in post-earthquake activities benefited from the training. Among the participants, 25 were from NSET programs, 2 from Housing Reconstruction and Recovery Platform (HRRP) and one from Kageshwori Manohara Municipality, Kathmandu. The training was held during September 19-23, 2017 at TEWA, Dhapakhel, Lalitpur.

Addressing Closing Ceremony of the training course, Mr. Yam Lal Bhusal, Spokesperson and Joint Secretary at National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) appreciated the effort and encouraged participants to implement the knowledge and skills gained through training in the respective field of works. "We often learn from international sharings that Nepal lacks on competent Human Resource, but here comes an answer," Mr. Bhusal stressed, "the process to capacitate Nepali professionals from technical and non-technical sectors is the must, its excellent job."

Speaking as the Chair of the Ceremony, NSET President Mr. Varun Prasad Shrestha highlighted the importance of TFI in post-quake reconstruction efforts. President Shrestha stated, "the significance of TFI is not limited only in professional life but also in developing skills applicable in personal life."

TFI is a rigorous 5-day instructor development course. The purpose of the course is to provide the participants with a training methodology and specific personal skills that will assist them in improving their knowledge and skills to develop, present and manage effective training programs.

Course Monitor Dr. Kulesh Thapa, Retd. Deputy Inspector General of Nepal Police, in his report expressed his satisfaction and confidence to the quality of course held and also appreciated the efforts of both the instructors and participants.

Course Coordinator Mr. Ranjan Dhungel submitted brief course report and congratulated all the participants for their excellent performance. NSET Director Mr. Ganesh Kumar Jimee and TEWA Director Mr. Deepak Dewan also addressed the ceremony and congratulated the participants as well as the group of instructors.

Among from the participants, Ms. Deepa Karki, Engineer of Kageshwori Manohara Municipality and Mr. Jagdish Siwakoti, Public Relation Officer of BaliyoGhar, Dolakha shared their learnings in brief.

On the occasion, NRA Spokesperson Mr. Yam Lal Bhusal and NSET President Mr. Varun Prasad Shrestha handed the Certificate of Completion to each successful participant.

TFI was developed by the USAID/OFDA in collaboration with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) used TFI curriculum as a component of the Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response Stage1 (PEER1) during 1998–2003. NSET used this curriculum and strategy while implementing PEER Stage2 (2003-2009), PEER Stage3 (2009-2014) and PEER Stage4 (2014-2019). The TFI English curriculum has now been translated into Nepali and Bangla under the PEER program.

This is the second TFI under Baliyo Ghar while first TFI was conducted in April 2017 at APF Disaster Management Training Center, Kurintar Chitwan.

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