The week has rushed past and Lesley and Simon are back from Chipata-they got a 5.0 am bus (7 hour journey) and actually managed to arrive by in time to join us at the Dutch Reform Church monthly Market yesterday and enjoy the array of wonderful things to buy. I have to say I have set myself a few packing issues for the return journey! They were even up for an evening at Modzi Arts listening to 70s Zambian music - some stamina.
The training has again been full of surprises and the trainees have used their wide experience to enrich the learning for us all. We have been using role play a bit more in some of the experiential art work and this has proved very fruitful for all.
As we are working with the ToT ( Training of Trainers) trainees we have had to apply more detailed attention to structuring the content of the training and this has proved to be a very valuable exercise but it has also been reassuring in that it seems as though it will be possible to produce a model that can be replicated without becoming too rigidly manualised.
We are getting to the stage in this trip when we have to start arranging all the meetings and feedback sessions to report to the Institutions and the Ministry so that planning for the next developments can start. The endings always seem to come in a rush.
Lesley has changed her return flight so she will be here to help with most of the evaluation and assessments. These again we have adapted in light of experience and in planning how it can be most effective in different settings.
We sadly say goodbye to Simon this week as he is off back to the Scottish winter. I am sure he will be posting about his impressions but another head and pair of hands has been a great asset.