Dear Student at Gender Training of Trainers Course 2016 (GToT/2016)

It is a pleasure and a privilege to welcome you to the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations (NCGM) at Swedish Armed Forces International Centre, SWEDINT. Our syndicate leaders come from the Nordic countries and the Netherlands. And of course, our own NCGM personnel will be working with you. Everyone on the GToT course staff is either gender or educational specialists. We will create an interesting and inspiring learning environment for you to strengthen your competences and to expand your network of colleagues and friends.

We are going to have 10 days together at the Gender Training of Trainers Course, starting early November, and during this time you are going to learn how to successfully plan, conduct and evaluate education, training and exercises with a gender perspective within your functional area. As you can see from the course schedule, we will take you from theory to practice and share best practices of teaching gender to military personnel. We will also have an exam - summative assessment – that will include writing or updating a lesson plan and giving a teaching skill demonstration. See the course schedule for more details. The course will be interactive and every student is expected to take an active part in all modules and share own experiences. 

Before the course starts, I would like you to apply for NATO Joint Advanced Distributed Learning account. That will help us conduct the ADL 169 course on our very first course day. I would also recommend you to read the attached documents NATO Bi-SC Directive and DPKO guidelines.

Remember to send your Transport Request to our Quarter Master in order for us to arrange transportation from the airport to SWEDINT.  

Bring your sportswear so you can enjoy some gym and outdoor exercise to balance with all the sitting in the auditorium. During the opening and closing ceremony military personnel will wear ‘best uniform’ (Service dress) and civilian participants will wear ‘jacket and tie’ (Business). During lectures we will wear field uniform (Battle dress) or ‘smart casual’. On Saturday we will have a welfare trip to Stockholm (Casual). Please note that the weather in Sweden in November is expected to be windy, rainy (with possibilities of snow) and below 5°Celsius.

This year the course will not be held at SWEDINT location due to the amount of courses held here during the period. The course will, in its entirety, be held at Gällöfsta Conference Centre at Kungsängen, which is located approximately 20 minutes driving from SWEDINT/NCGM. Click the link for further information.

I once more wish you welcome and hope that you will have a great learning experience with us.

Major Per-Roe Petlund
Course Director GToT/2016