The course had the opening ceremony Wednesday 21 May where the Director of RACVIAC, Ambassador Branimir Mandic had his welcome address to the course.
The course has 19 participants where Croatia has the biggest contribution and neighbouring nations from the region is represented by one student from each of Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Albania. The students have a variety of background, both from military operational and tactical level as well as experiences from civil at ministry level.
The diversity in background prompted engaged discussions among the students and allows for sharing of examples, experiences and tips with regards how to implement a gender perspective.
A multitude of topics relevant to the role of a Gender Trainer will be covered during the course, for example in-depth study of the UNSCR 1325 and its related resolutions and the NATO Strategic Commands Directive on the topic. The students will also be engaged in planning and preparation of their own individual presentation as the final exam how to conduct of a training event with a gender perspective for their chosen training audience.
The Gender Train the Trainer Course is a joy to bring out in the world says the Course Director LtCol Grethe Stensland from Norway. NCGM have a solid product in the GToT course, and the professional Mobile Education and Training Team (METT) of instructors from our Centre supported by regional instructors gives the course a quality we are proud of, replies NCGMs Commander Jan Dunmurray that is a part of the team.
The severe flooding in the region had an influence on the course and in the opening ceremony a minute of silence was held in order to honour those affected by the disaster. Additionally some participants had to leave the course in order to take part in the Humanitarian Assistance Operation carried out by the Croatian Armed Forces