The 2018 batch of the Women in Politics Training (WIPT) commenced on Saturday, 3rd March, 2018 at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Ghana premises located on the Danquah Circle Avenue. The 18 (eighteen) participants were selected from the New Patriotic Party (NPP), National Democratic Congress (NDC), Convention People’s Party (CPP), Progressive People’s Party (PPP), People’s National Convention (PNC), ABANTU for Development, Women in Broadcasting (WIB) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES). The programme was categorised into two sessions with the first formal session commencing at 9:00 am and ending at 5:00 pm while the second session was a welcome reception, hence an informal session.
The first session entailed an Introduction to the Training, Team Formation, Election of a Course Representative and a Time Keeper and the Setting of Rules of Engagement. The participants agreed on a couple of rules with respect to Attendance (Punctuality, Regularity, Absenteeism, Management of Lateness and Absenteeism), Use of Mobile Phones and Other Electronic Gadgets, Movement, Mode of Interaction, Managing Snacks and their Sanction. Upon the agreement of all the participants on the rules and sanctions, they were made to sign “An Undertaking”to affirm that they abide by all the rules and any breach will attract an appropriate sanction against them.
A brief lecture on the history of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and Germany was given by FritzKopsieker (Resident Director, FES, Ghana). At the end of the first session, evaluation forms were distributed and completed by the participants to get an overview of how the introductory session was and what they expect going forward. Based on their submissions, the following deductions were made;
- 99% of the participants learnt new things from the brief lecture made by Fritz while the 1% seem to not have learnt anything new. This is a clear indication that the participants were attentive during the session.
- Generally, the participants agreed that the methods used by the resource with emphasis on the lecture, group work and general discussions were very good.
- Generally, according to the order of significance, the new things learnt by the participants were Teamwork, Tolerance, Punctuality, Respect, Confidence, the purpose of ABANTU, Coordination and the Different Political Ideology,
- On the average, the participants felt the delivery of the module was very good.
- Going forward, the participants expect to get handouts which will serve as a reference points after the end of a module, more clarity on information given, the use of audio visuals during presentations, a suggestion box for comments and more female moderators.
The welcome reception for the participants started after 5:00 pm and ended at 9:00 pm. This was a platform given to the participants to engage among themselves and some alumni who graced the occasion to know each other better amidst drinking, eating and dancing. On the whole, the participants agreed the training highly educative, hence they look forward to more interactive and interesting sessions. The date for the next session is on 17th and 18th of March, 2018.