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RDRS Training Facilities

Development organisations need skilled, knowledgeable and committed staff. Training is one of the most effective ways of achieving this. Developing human resources changes attitudes widens their perceptions and develops values.

Operating a large integrated development in northern Bangladesh for over 30 years, RDRS Bangladesh is one of the most experienced and highly respected NGOs in the country. The skills, experience and facilities of RDRS can be tapped through training for your organisation to develop staff at any level in a range of skill areas (management, professional and technical).

RDRS offers training for its own staff, group leaders and members, federation (CBO) leaders, volunteers and staff of other development agencies, NGOs.

The objective of this training is to make people aware of society and their surroundings. This training develops participants’ analytical abilities,
how to assess and consider a problem and ways of addressing and solving it. It seeks to promote rational and clear thinking free of superstition and tradition.
In doing so, it develops the self-confidence and self-respect of trainees and encouraged inner potential and strength to emerge.

Training Courses

Sl. no. Name of the Courses Duration (Days) Participants
Development Foundation Course. 3 Newly recruited RDRS staff.
New Business Creation. 7 Mid & Junior level Managers, Field Supervisors, Literate Group Members.
Gender Awareness. 3/6 Mid & Junior level Managers, Field Workers, Federation Members.
Leadership Development. 3 Junior level Managers, Group Leaders.
Good Governance 3 Mid & Junior level Managers, Field Workers, Federation Leaders.
Fund Raising, Project Proposal Writing & Reporting 3 Mid & Junior level Managers, Field Workers, Federation Leaders
Information Gathering Analysis & Advocacy 2 Mid & Junior level Managers, Field Workers, Federation Leaders
Diversity On Organizational Management 3 Mid & Junior level Managers, Field Workers, Federation Leaders
Organizational Development 3 Mid & Junior level Managers, Field Workers, Federation Leaders
10. Gender Diversity 3 Mid & Junior level Managers, Field Workers, Federation Leaders & UP Member
11. Law And Scheme For Poor 3 UP Members & Chairpersons
12. Planning And Budgeting 3 UP Members & Chairpersons
13. Project Management And Accounts 3 UP Members & Chairpersons
14. Monitoring And Public Social Service 2 Mid & Junior level Managers, Field Workers, Federation Leaders & UP Members
15. Advocacy And Lobbing Skill 3 Mid & Junior level Managers, Field Workers, Federation Leaders & UP Members
16. Business And Resource Management 3 Mid & Junior level Managers, Field Workers, Federation Leaders & UP Members
17. TOF (Training of Facilitators). 6 Trainer and Managers
18. People’s Theatre. 6 Peoples Theatre Team Members, Cultural workers of NGOs.
19. Micro- finance Operation and Management. 6 Mid & Junior level Managers, Field Workers, and Group Leaders.
20. Foundation Training on Micro finance Management 6 Newly recruited RDRS Microfinance staff.
21. Disaster Management. 6 Junior level Managers, Volunteers, Federation Leaders.
22. Primary Health Care (PHC). 6 Health Workers, Group Members.
23. Communicable Diseases Prevention & First Aid. 4 Health Workers, Group Members.
24. Tuberculosis & Leprosy. 2 Leprosy Workers, Group Members.
25. Diarrhoeal Diseases. 3 Health Workers, Group Members.
26. Nutrition Education. 6 Health Workers, Group Members.
27. HIV/AIDs & Arsenic. 3 Health Workers, Group Members.
28. Reproductive Health. 6 Health Workers, Nurse, Paramedics, Group Members
Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA). 6 Traditional Birth Attendances, Group Members.
Foundation Course on Rural Development 30 Women who have completed Masters course

2. Practical Skills Training :
Practical skills development training courses can be provided for those planning viable micro-enterprises or income-generation activities to improve their livelihood. This training equips participants with relevant knowledge and appropriate skills so that they can select and implement appropriate and viable microenterprises. The training also helps participants identify and mobilise appropriate human and material resourcesPractical skills training courses, fall under two categories i.e. practical skill training (On-farm) and practical skill training (Off-farm). Contact the Training Co-ordinator.

3. Training Methods :

Training methods adopted are participatory with both the trainees and the trainer’s activity involved in discussions. With a view to make the training programme fruitful various type of
methods are followed in the sessions i.e. lecture, discussion, open discussion, small group discussion, question and answer, workshops, brainstorming, role-play, game, case study, structured experiences, demonstration, field visit and penal discussion, practical exercises etc. Hand -outs are also distributed in most of the sessions.

Course Facilitators :

A team of highly qualitative, experienced and professional Trainers and Subject Specialists conduct training sessions. In addition, field based professional and skilled staffs also impart training sessions. On certain occasions, resource persons from outside organisations are engaged for part or all of a selected training programme.

Review and Evaluation :

During each course, training is conducted daily between 8:30 am -5:pm. At the end of each day, the participatory review is held and feedback is recorded for improvement and tailoring of subsequent training sessions. Pre and post-test evaluations are also conducted for each course. The trainees also write a daily report which they present at the beginning of the following
day’s session. On completion of each course, trainers prepare a detailed observation report, which is distributed to all concerned.

4. RDRS Training Center Facilities :

Training is imparted both in formal and non-formal settings. RDRS runs :

One modern INTERNATIONAL training/conference centre at North Bengal Institute, Rangpur (24 rooms)

Four modern, fully equipped Zonal training centres in Rangpur, Thakurgaon, Lalmonirhat and Kurigram,

Ten smaller modern, District and Upozila training centres at Panchagarh, Nillphamari, Pirganj, Kaliganj, Chilmari, Rowmari, Rajibpur and Jaldhaka.

Up to 363 Federation Centres run by CBOs with guidance from RDRS. These rural smaller centres are utilised for special courses for Group and Federation members i.e. Group dynamics, Federation development, dressmaking, , fisheries, Farmers Field Schools Management and so on.

Centres Capacity Dormitory
Courses Trainees Capacity
Rangpur 3 100 20 (40 beds)
Thakurgaon 3 75 5 (60 beds)
Lalmonirhat 2 60 2 (48 beds)
Kurigram 3 70 6 (75 beds)
Nilphamari 2 50 3 (36 beds)
Panchagarh 2 50 3 (32 beds)
Pirganj 1 30 2 (30 beds)
Jaldhaka 1 30 3 (30 beds)
Chilmari 1 25 3 (25 beds)
Rowmari 1 20 2 (20 beds)
Kaliganj 2 40 2 (40 beds)
Rajibpur 1 20 1 (20 beds)

Food :

A balanced menu of Bangladeshi food, prepared by experienced cooks, is served according to following schedule in each day.

Breakfast Tea/snacks Lunch Tea/Snacks Dinner
07:30-08:00 am 10:30-11:00 am 01:00-2:00 pm 04:00-04:30 pm 07:30-08:30 pm

5. Additional Benifits OF RDRS Training Field Visits and Practical Demonstration:

For most training courses, field visit and practical demonstrations are arranged in nearby RDRS project areas. During such visit, participants are taken to village-based groups to
observe their activities. Participants are also encouraged to talk to Group members to relate the subject matter learned in training to the actual situation in the field.

Training Equipment and Materials:

Where appropriate, sessions are conducted using modern training equipments. During training audio-visual equipments i.e. TV/VCP, slide projector, overhead projector, cassette player etc are utilised. Moreover, flip charts, fact sheet, posters, photo albums and real materials etc are also extensively used to make the training interesting and easy
understandable for participants.

Recreation Facilities :

All training centres are set in extremely attractive rural surroundings in compact sides with well- kept gardens, called the RDRS campus, located on the outskirts of district towns. During training periods participants are encouraged to organise and present culture events in the evening. Musical instruments are provided in each centre. Television

Reading Materials

RDRS training centres offer libraries consisting of development and other subjects. Daily newspapers and weekly magazines are also provided.

6. Fees, Booking Arrangments and Further Queries Fees and Charges :

RDRS charges as follows for use of its training facilities by any outside organization:

1. Training at RDRS Training Centres

A.Board and lodging for trainees/trainers.

Food (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & snack) @ Tk.200.00 per days per person for standard menu and @ Tk.275 for superior menu as per requirement of the client.

Overnight accommodation @ Tk 200.00 per night per person in dormitory.

Other Points

i. Time of check in & out: 17:00 hrs.

ii. Children below 3 years of age accompanying trainees will not be charged. Children over 3 years will be charged @ 50% for food and accommodation.

iii. Children’s caretaker below 12 years of age will be charged @ 50% for food and accommodation. Caretaker above 12 years of age will be charged in full.

B. Hall/Classroom Rent @ Tk. 1000.00 per day per room.

C. OHP/Slide Projector @ Tk. 500.00 per day.

D. Television with VCP @ Tk. 500.00 per day (subject to availability).

E. Digital Camera @ Tk. 500.00 per day (subject to availability).

F. Multi-media Projector @ Tk. 1,500.00 per day (subject to availability).

G. Service charges and other utilities (electricity, water, support staff) @ Tk 5% of the total expenses.

H. Trainer(s) fee:

If the training is fully conducted by RDRS Trainers, the training fee will be @ Tk. 2000.00 per day.

If the training is partly conducted by RDRS trainers, the training fee will be charged @ Tk. 1,000.00 per day per trainer.

(Notes: Time of check-in and out to training centres is normally 17:00 hrs.. Children below 3 years accompanying trainees will not be charged. Children over 3 years will be charged @ 50% of the full rate for food and accommodation. Children’s caretakers below 12 years of age will be charged @ 50% for food and accommodation. Caretakers above 12 years of age will be charged in full.)

2. Training Outside of RDRS

If the RDRS Trainers or any other professional staff are invited by any outside organization to conduct training/consultancy away from the RDRS Training centres, then RDRS will charged as follows:

a.  All expenses related to food, accommodation, local transport for the trainers/consultants.

b.  Training fee Tk. 3,000.00 per day per Trainer.

c.  Training materials Tk. 200.00 per person per course.

3. Special Arrangements

On request, special training courses on human development and practical skills development can be organized/conducted for groups of at least 15 participants in any one of the RDRS training centres or at the location of the sponsoring organization. For smaller numbers, participants can take part in RDRS own training schedule.

Admission Procedure :

Participants are required to be nominated by their respective organizations/sponsors. Requests should be made at least one month in advance of the date of course commencement.

8. Contact

Organizations and individuals interested in RDRS’ training are requested to contact:

RDRS Bangladesh
Jail Road, Dhap, Rangpur
Tel: (PABX) 0521 – 64480; 62863; 62893 Fax: 0521 -62182
Email: rdrstraining@gmail.com

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