Summer School for Central African University Teachers
After the successful Summer School first edition in 2016, a second edition took place from 16 July to 07 September 2018. 21 Participants from 9 countries and 13-member institutions of the RIFFEAC network (Réseau des institutions de Formation Forestière et Environnementale de l’Afrique Centrale) had taken part in the education modules of the Summer School in Frankfurt during the previous two months. The aim of this two-month training was to strengthen the technical and methodological skills of forestry and environmental training institutions in Central Africa.
In the beginning of September, the participants as well as the directors of the respective RIFFEAC-institutions were invited to take part in a ten-day study trip through Germany and the Netherlands. Part of the programme were visits to different educational institutions in the two countries. Besides the official opening ceremony at the GIZ headquarter in Eschborn, some of the interesting stops were among others the German Research Association (DFG), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the University of Göttingen, Berlin and Hamburg, International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation in Enschede (Netherlands) as well as the Dutch National Kellerwald/Edersee Park.
During the celebratory closing event, all participants recapitulated the stimulating and intensive sessions, which were organized in eight modules on topics such as sustainable forest management, protected area management, climate and climate adaptation, Access and Benefit Sharing, cartography and GIS. The project was carried out by AMBERO Consulting in cooperation with the Centre for Interdisciplinary African Studies (ZIAF) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit mbH (GIZ).
Throughout the Summer School, participants had developed so called transfer projects, which they are now supposed to put to practice, consecutive to the Summer School with the support of the GIZ program ‘Regional support of the COMIFAC’. Such a ‘transfer project’ could for instance be the development of a forestry and environment related further training program, design of a strategy of marketing training offers or even a study program such as a dual education program within their home institutions. The transfer project will be developed during the school and will be further implemented with the support of the GIZ program “Support to COMIFAC”.
As part of his closing words Prof. Dr. Jürgen Runge, director of the ZIAF and coordinator of the project, commented on everyone’s enthusiasm and drew a confident conclusion of the second Summer School. He, furthermore, appealed to all participants to keep their enthusiasm alive and make use of it. According to him, it becomes very important from now on to further develop the constructive experiences shared during the school, do some further networking and particularly push the transfer projects one step further to achieve the best results.