Enhanced Practice in African Local Government (EPALG)

A practitioners’ course on local government accountability accredited by the Open College Network London (OCN London).

From 1st April 2013 to 31st December 2013, the course has been administered by the Local Government Training Centre (LGTC) from Buea, CEFAM. Prior the workshop, Tutors from this organisation have been trained in OCN standards by OCN London.

25 officials from targeted councils, the Urban Community of Douala participated to this training.

An award ceremony is coming soon…

More about this programme, bellow

Introduction

It is tailor-made learning programme aimed at local government officials in Cameroon including in Nigeria and Uganda.

Participants who complete the course successfully will be eligible for certification awarded by the Open College Network of London (OCN London), part of the National Open College Network, one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK with over 25 years of experience.

Course Aim

The aim is to enhance the skills, knowledge and experience of staff working in local government to ensure best practice. For this programme, the course targets government representatives as part of the Waste to Wealth Project activities.

Objectives

Each unit on the programme has its own specific objectives and these are detailed in the next section. Modules and topics covered during the programme comprise the following:

  • Effective Partnership Working
  • Understanding Transparency in African Local Government
  • Organising and Managing a Community Project
  • Monitoring and Evaluation in Community Development

Additional non-accredited modules will also be undertaken by learners, to cover the following topics:

  • Barriers to effective service delivery*
  • Contractural processes and procedures*
  • Conducting effective meetings*

Programme Structure and Learning Methods

The programme is divided into four two-day learner support workshops held over the course of an academic year. Workshops will be facilitated in Kampala, Port Harcourt and Douala. Attendance at the four workshops is compulsory for all participants and successful participation will achieve OCN London certificates of learning (except those units marked * which are not OCN accredited). After each workshop there will be a period of up to two months for learners to complete set tasks (except after the last workshop when there will be one month in which to submit any remaining work).

Throughout the programme, participants are expected to keep a reflective log/diary and evidence of their learning within their practice file. These are tools to aid both learning and assessment. In both the diary and practice file, participants should record their thoughts and reflections on the programme and any related experiences (including notes on community meetings, presentations facilitated, photographs, materials produced, etc.).

Each participant will also be provided with a course folder. This is a ring binder in which unit summaries, handouts and Evidence of Learning Tasks (ELTs) are to be kept.

 

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