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The Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC): The 3rd Batch of TOT for Sierra Leone and Liberia

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

The Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) held the graduation ceremony of the 3rd batch of Training of Trainers (TOT) course for Ethical Leadership for Quality and Productivity Improvement (EL/QPI) programme, on 13th September 2013.

The technical cooperation project for Institutional Capacity Development of the Civil Service Training Centre started in March 2011 for the purpose of enhancing the CTSC’s capacity of delivering quality training to the civil and public servants. As one of its activities, through the TOT course the candidates from the participants of EL/QPI training course are selected and trained as facilitators who can teach EL/QPI to civil servants. The TOT course was implemented three times during the project period, and the total 69 civil servants from the three countries were trained as the facilitators.

The EL/QPI and TOT training course were developed jointly by the CSTC and JICA, aiming at enhancing mid-level civil servants’ work ethics and the quality and productivity of the public service delivery. Through these project activities, JICA has been bolstering the CSTC to be able to develop and deliver quality training programmes. This unique sub-regional cooperation attempt encouraged the trainees to deepen the understanding about each other’s countries and brought a friendship beyond the border, as well as to attain relevant knowledge and skills.

At the graduation ceremony for the 3rd batch of the TOT course, a number of speeches of celebration were made by several people including the Principal of CSTC, Ms. Dora Dei-Tumi, the Assistant Principal, Mr. Evans Habadah, JICA Expert, Ms. Akiko Nishibuchi and JICA Local Consultant (Governance), Ms. Megumi Ando. Trainees promised to duplicate the EL/QPI training in their respective countries and to contribute to its development as Change Agents.

One of the participants of the training course, Mr. Simpson S. Klay Jr. from the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, Liberia stated; participating in EL/QPI and TOT in the CSTC was a great opportunity for him to receive training since such training are not implemented in his country. In this training course, he made an action plan to improve the work standards for job efficiency within the Department of Administration at his organization.

The project will be terminated on March 2014, and the CSTC has applied for the continuous support from the Government of Japan for its further development and improvement of Ghana’s public service.

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Ginks Trains Civil Servants in Evidence-Informed Policy Making

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

A training programme aimed at building the capacity of middle level staff in the Civil Service in Evidence-Informed Policy Making (EIPM), has been opened at the Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) in Accra, yesterday.

Mrs Dei-Tumi (seated 2nd left), Mr Inusah (seated 2nd right) with the course participants and facilitators

EIPM is a development technique that seeks to equip policymakers with requisite skills to enable them use research evidence in policymaking. It attempts to feel the gap between policymakers and researchers.

EIPM is within the framework of the VakaYiko consortium, led by International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (inasp), of which Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS), Human Science Research Council (HSRC), Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network (ZeipNET) and Overseas Development Institute (ODI) are partners.

The 25 participants, who are attending the 10-day course, are drawn from Ministries, Departments and Agencies within the Public Service. The course, the second to be organized by GINKS, covers four broad areas— Introduction to Evidence-Informed Policymaking, a complete search strategy, assessing evidence and communicating evidence.

The Principal of the Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC), Mrs Dora Dei-Tumi, who opened the course, acknowledged that Civil Servants did not have enough knowledge on how to search for credible information and communicate it.

Hence, she said, the EIPM course would help participants to research and collect credible information that would inform policies submitted to cabinet. “The quality of information submitted to cabinet brings out the quality of policies the government of the day will formulate,” Mrs Dei-Tumi added.

She said the core function of the Civil Service was to provide policy option for government, adding that the CSTC was therefore taking advantage of GINKS’s support to train civil servants to be able to give information that speaks to the needs of government policies.

Mrs Dei-Tumi noted that the second batch of trainees was selected from the same institutions the first batch of trainees came from so that the two could transmit the knowledge gain to their subordinates.

The Executive Secretary of GINKS, Mr Ibrahim Inusah, said industry players would be invited to share their experiences with the course participants. He mentioned Dr Grace Bediako, former Government Statistician, Dr Nina Chachu, Secretary to Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH), who is also a Librarian at Aseshi University, Dr Naalamle Amissah, College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS), University of Ghana and Prof. A. A. Alemna, Department of Information Studies, University of Ghana.

He said the course was structured in way that would make it easy for participants to better understand how to access, analyse and use research information.

 

Source: ISD (Jotie N. Sule)

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