Incheon, Republic of Korea - 29 Jan 2011

APCICT is set to carry out two Training of Trainers workshops in the month of February; one in India, which will also serve to nationally launch the “Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders Programme”, and another in the Republic of Korea, which will facilitate the launch of two new Academy modules later this year.

APCICT to launch Academy and conduct Training of Trainers Workshop in India

On 14-16 February, the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN-APCICT/ESCAP), a regional institute of ESCAP, will launch the “Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders Programme” (Academy) in India, in partnership with India’s Department of Information Technology (DIT) and the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA).

The Academy launch will take place in Mussoorie, India and will include an official partnership signing ceremony between APCICT, DIT and LBSNAA.  The ceremony will be immediately followed by India’s First National Training of Trainers Workshop. Over forty participants from LBSNAA and nine other training institutes responsible for the training of government officers from across India will attend the launch and participate in the workshop. 

LBSNAA is India’s apex training institution for providing foundational and mid-career training to members of the civil services. Other participating institutions include the Foreign Service Institute, the SVP National Police Academy, the National Academy of Customs Excise & Narcotics, the National Academy of Direct Taxes, the National Academy of Audit and Accounts, the Indian Railway Institute of Transport Management, the Railway Staff College, the Postal Staff College India, and the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy.

During the three-day workshop, Academy modules 1 - The Linkage between ICT Applications and Meaningful Development, 3 - e-Government Applications, and 4 - ICT Trends for Government Leaders, will be delivered.  The workshop is designed to develop a cadre of resource persons who can carry forward Academy training at their host institutions for capacity building of Indian government officials.

APCICT to conduct Regional Training of Trainers Workshop for upcoming Academy modules on ICT for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Abatement.

On 22-26 February, APCICT will welcome more than 30 participants from over 21 countries in the Asia-Pacific region to a Regional Training of Trainers (TOT) Workshop in the Republic of Korea.  The workshop, sponsored by the Korean International Cooperation Agency, is to be held in Seongnam, Republic of Korea and will deliver training on two new, upcoming Academy modules: Module 9 – ICT for Disaster Risk Management; and Module 10 – ICT and Climate Change, Green Growth and Sustainable Development. 

APCICT’s fourth Regional TOT is designed to develop a cadre of regional resource persons who will be able to deliver training on how governments and development stakeholders can best use ICT to mitigate and manage disasters, and monitor and abate climate change.  The workshop will also provide valuable participant-generated feedback on the content and design of modules 9 and 10 before they are officially launched later in the year.

Participants of the workshop will be made up of regional development stakeholders, government officials and academics from the fields of ICT, disaster risk reduction and climate change. To learn how ICT is practically applied in the field, participants with spend half a day at the National Emergency Management Agency, Korea’s national disaster management body.

Training on Academy Module 9 will be delivered by resource persons from the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, which developed the module in collaboration with other experts in the area of disaster risk reduction and APCICT.  The module provides government officials and policymakers with an overview of disaster risk management (DRM), presents an approach for identifying information needs in DRM, aims to familiarize learners with existing ICT applications for DRM, and discusses benefits and barriers for utilizing ICT in DRM efforts.

Training on Academy Module 10 will be delivered by author Richard Labelle.  Module 10 aims to provide policymakers with an understanding of the role that ICTs play in observing and monitoring the environment, sharing information, mobilizing action, enhancing decision making, promoting environmental sustainability and mitigating as well as adapting to climate change. The module also explores the potential of ICT to transform the economy into an engine for sustainable “green” growth, while integrating ICT into such an economy.