Sumgait Training Centre
The English and computer classes are ongoing and both are well
They will continue until the beginning of July where the
centre will close for the summer holidays, to re-open on 15
August. The centre manager will plan and arrange her schedules,
participate in ordinary office work, and go for further training
herself in Ireland.
In the middle of June a meeting was held with the users of the
centre and DRC in order to identify and clarify training subjects
and schedule for the centre for the autumn period. It was a well
attended meeting with some 12 participants from three
organisations. It was decided to focus on accountancy and simple
management i.e. office routines, planning and co-ordination. For
detailed information please turn to the implementation plan.
After the establishing of The Working Group for the community
centres and deciding on carrying out extensive training for them
, the centre is now quite busy catering for this group, the
ordinary training centre activities and the activities of UMID.
It has been necessary to make a very clear schedule for who is
using what rooms in order to avoid conflicts between UMID and DRC
activities. Furthermore a small room is undergoing repair. It
will be used for the night guard, and his former room will be
turned into an office and thereby will allow for more activities
in the future.
Governmental support and co-operation
At present DRC is only supporting the secretary for the
Working Group under the Cabinet of Ministers, the other two
participants in the English courses have wanted to stop due to
lack of time.
On 12 June DRC had invited Mr. Masanov for at cordial meeting
at DRC. The meeting went very well and was constructive in the
sense that both parties wanted to support each others
activities and to discuss various issues. On the training issue
it was decided that for the moment English is no longer needed,
however, DRC will be willing to support other wishes if these
should occur. Furthermore an idea took form: that it would be
expedient for DRC to hold a seminar for governmental
representatives on the IG programme in order to create awareness
and understanding of the complexities of the programme. A
tentative plan will be worked out with the IGP team, and the
seminar can possibly be held after the elections.
Mr. Masanov then advised DRC to be better at making visible
the positive results and advised that our newsletter is sent to
the news agencies, he himself would assist us in this endeavour.
Lastly he promised to look into a possible exemption from paying
court fees for humanitarian organisations.
NGO assistance and co-operation
Reference is made to the status report about the terminology
sleeping and working partners. One sleeping partner INSAN has
approached DRC for funding for participation in the annual Geneva
Conference regarding follow up on the CIS conference in 1996. DRC
supported INSAN with 1000 dollars in order to support the
important process of having the same NGOs and spokespersons
following the development process. INSAN also participated last
In relation with the forthcoming DRC training activities on
human rights which are going to take place in October two human
rights organisations have been screened and visited in the past
month. One of the difficulties arising when looking for national
human rights organisations is that most of them are politically
affiliated one way or the other, and it can be questioned how
objectively they are inclined to deal with human rights issues
which by nature are both sensitive and dangerous to work with.
The Human Rights Centre in Baku is headed by Eldar Zeynalov.
It has a small staff of volunteers and activists, and an
interesting and rare library. He and the centre are respected and
well known by national NGOs although they are not registered, and
they come across as non politically affiliated and working very
seriously with a.o.t. documentation of violation of human rights
in Azerbaijan. DRC is funding the entire costs of Mr.
Zeynalov s trip to the Geneva Conference. The centre can be
a fruitful and interesting organisation for DRC to be networking
with and learn from in our future human rights endeavours in this
The other human rights organisation visited is The Women
s Defence Organisation. They are carrying out human rights
training in 39 IDP women s groups for Oxfam.. The
organisation comes across as a little politically affiliated and
very much experienced in field training, and in the combination
of human rights and gender rights. They actually do speak of
gender instead of merely women and women s rights which
very rarely happens in Azerbaijan. They are to be the resource
persons for this year s staff summer seminar in Cheki. They
will undertake a one and a half day s training workshop on
human rights are women s rights. This topic has been chosen
as a continuation of last year s seminar and the recent
UNHCR & UNDP conference where three DRC staff members
participated. After the seminar it will be seen if future
co-operation and networking can take place.
In connection with the community centres effort to
become self reliant a new group has come together. The entire
staff of one community centre, Narimanov, has decided that they
would like to start an NGO which aims at social issues. The group
has handed in a description of what they would like to do, and an
initial meeting between DRC and them has taken place. DRC has
promised to support their efforts, to hold regular meetings with
them where important issues like rules and regulations for
registration will be discussed along with topic like: how to hold
a meeting . They will also receive a small seed grant and it will
show whether they are prepared to work on their wishes and learn
organisational skills. They will be supported for an initial
period of two months before a small evaluation will be carried
UMID Children s magazine carry on with their activities
and participation in the DRC training plan.
UMID HSSC is prospering and is very active. The regular
meetings with the social co-ordinator and the project manager are
carried out as described previously.
In the beginning of the month UMID HSSC and DRC carried out a
joint seminar for clients in the IGP. The seminar focused on the
complexities and problems of the programme and invited the
participants to discuss solutions of the problems. The seminar
was held at the training centre and was well attended. The
participation was good, and the Ex. Com. had sent one
representative, who proved constructive and supportive during the
seminar. At the end of the day some constructive suggestions in
relation to solving the problems had emerged and the general
evaluation was good. It is the intention to repeat these seminars
on a regular basis.
June has been very much the month where the organisation
focused on learning how to write a project proposal and learning
it while producing a proposal for the UNHCR NGO fund. For the
actual proposal please turn to annex one. Implementation is
expected to start earliest in August
This work has had a positive effect on the writing of a
project proposal for the DRC revolving fund. This process has
almost finished, and implementation can start in July. For
project proposal please turn to annex 2.
Several UMID members are receiving individual English and
The International NGO sector
All through this month there has been a close co-operation
between The Federation and DRC in and around the UNHCR funded
project. Areas of co-operation are: ToT activities and comparison
of programmes and approaches with a view to mobilising the
UNHCR has approached DRC on several new activities. Firstly a
possible take over of the former Equilibre activities in the
Fizuli area. A joint field trip between DRC and UNHCR has been
carried out, and a separate assessment paper outside the scope of
this report has been written. At a meeting on the 15 June the
head of mission Mr. Laye further informed and invited DRC to look
into possibilities of joint ventures with other international
organisations in the geographical areas of Agdam and Terter.
These possibilities are looked into in the coming month.
Capacity building of DRC staff
Apart from one staff member all individual English and
computer lessons are finished and certificates are handed out.
Two staff members have attended a three day management course
at the British Council. The topics were: communication and
presentation skills, planning, decision making, and time
management. The course has been evaluated well by the
participants and will be part of a little pilot appraisal
exercise before DRC carries out its own major management
training. The main resource person and his azeri counterpart at
the British Council will also be the persons in charge of the DRC
All preliminary talks are finished and the training concept is
to be presented to the staff on 22 June and the attitude survey
and the following training plan will be developed in the first
and second week of July. The concept follows that known from
"the learning organisation" and from the very out set
the staff will be involved in the creation of the programme and
the identification of their/ the organisational needs. So from
the attitude survey the training will be carried out in 3
4 training periods of 3 4 days duration spread out over
the autumn with regular weekly follow up meetings and on the job
The newly created Working Group with field staff members from
all community centres has started their training activities. At
this stage what can be said is the participants are eager to
learn and are active. They have worked one day on identifying
internal resources and discussing how they can put these
resources to use in the present situation. Furthermore they have
worked on learning how to write a simple project proposal and
trying to understand the concept and use of a project proposal.
The work is progressing slowly as can be expected with a group
littled trained and littled exposed.
The bi annual personal staff interviews have been finished.
The outcome of the talks are positive and constructive. Generally
speaking the staff feel that they are making progress in their
jobs, they are given opportunities to learn, grow and take
responsibility in an organisation which is quickly changing and
consolidating itself in Azerbaijan. As the talks are also a
monitoring instrument for the whole organisational structure a
few adjustments were called for. The logistics officer s
remaining tasks were divided between two present staff members
i.e. one security guard and one skills development programme
assistant. The transition has worked well and to everybody
In the social team our experienced doctor Ms. Gulnara has been
offered two years of further studies at the University of Atlanta
in the area of public health. To replace her is Ragsana Mammadova
who is an experienced language teacher with very good experiences
in both UMCOR and several oil companies.
On Saturday 6 June DRC invited its staff for a family day in
the office. The idea was to give the staff members an opportunity
to show their families their place of work and their colleagues.
Some 65 people came, were introduced to the organisation its aims
and objectives where after we had a barbecue and lots of games
for both adults and children on the roof terrace which is now
From Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 DRC and UNHCR held a joint ToT
seminar here in the office. The seminar is described in the UNHCR
report; however, it is mentioned here because slowly but surely
the office premise here is working out as intended, with partners
and beneficiaries coming and going and making good use of the
premises be it seminars, partner meetings, family days or working
- Ulla Fomsgaard
- Baku 22.6.1998
1. Project Overview.
The implementation of the entire program progress as planned
on all levels supported by good working relationships with both
beneficiaries and co-partners including local authorities,
directors, representatives from The Ministry of Education &
Executive Committees and The International Federation.
The local community in Sabirabad has shown active interest in
the courses. Inquiries, questions and support have been
As mentioned in the previous report Community Service is a new
field for the Azeri system. This fact has opened up a welcomed
opportunity for involvement of the teachers and directors and
deputy director in discussion of how to implement the curriculum.
Based on the discussions with the involved parties an instruction
has been made. (Please see enclosure)
The courses in Community Service started 1.6. in both
Sabirabad and Saatli Technical School. They are running
successful due to the great involvement from the teachers and
students. Both schools have waiting lists though there have been
opened 2 courses at each school.
Concerning Camp 7 the implementation process progress.
Training of Teacher Course has been held in the period 11. to
15. of June. 13 selected IDP s from Camp 7 participated.
The reconstruction courses in Camp 7 are being planned as
interdisciplinary courses for a period of 5 month with focus on
the apprentice system rather than the more theoretical education-
model from Technical Schools. Curriculum for the courses have
been prepared and put forward to the teachers involved for
There will be given priority to participant from liberated
The cooperation with The International Federation is
expanding. The focus for both organizations are to ensure that
the efforts put into the community of Camp 7 are mutual
2. Description of beneficiaries.
The students react very positive. The sentences; Thank you
you have given us hope - is often spoken out under the
teams visit in the classes. In spite of the fact that these
months are the only period where IDP have a change of casual jobs
in the cotton fields there have hardly been any impact on the
attendance. There are 86 students participating at the courses in
Sabirabad and 69 in Saatli. Altogether 155 IDPs benefits from the
project at the moment.
The importance of quality and manufacture training has been
stressed and has among others resulted in interdisciplinary
co-operation between classes as wheel as integration of small
scale mending work within the IDP areas, for IDP families and as
mentioned in the previous report at the premises of the schools.
For example; building wash basins, water basins, improvement of
public toilets, reparation of electrical systems, mending of
beds, table, doors, and chairs. This trend has not only a
positive impact on the student and IDPs involved but also on the
teachers and their methodical approach to the task and the
3. Implementation procedures.
The logistic structures in the 2 schools have been
implemented. The project assistant has reduced his monitoring
visits to once a week. Guidelines for use of material have been
presented. Concerning the Community Service Course a weekly
amount of money are given to the teacher to secure supplies for
the subject cookery.
The methodological Follow Up has been implemented. The form is
2 monthly (average) meetings where either the teachers put
forwards topics to discuss or the co-ordinator gives input on
issues related to either subjects from Teacher Training Seminar
or to questions of methodical matters observed by visits to the
school and classes.
The group of Community Service Teachers from Sabirabad has
asked for separated Follow Up Session which have started too.
The first step towards formation of structures for cooperation
has been taken in Camp 7.
4. Related inputs.
As mentioned offers the co-operation with The International
Federation a welcomed possibility to implement a supportive and
parallel process focusing on involvement, gaining responsible
abilities and supporting return. And it open up for integration
of construction plan in the area of Community Development in our
Interdisciplinary Reconstruction Course with the consequence that
manufacture training can be stressed even more.
5. Description of Assistance.
1.31. Education: Vocational skills training.
The courses are all together still progressing very well.
There are a high degree of involvement from both teachers and
students. It happens very often that students and sometime also
the teachers stay after end of lessons.
The idea of cooperation and interdisciplinary teaching has
shown it self in a very concrete manner. For example plumber,
welders and bricklayers has joined in building water basins at
Sabirabad. At Saatli plumbers and welders are thought together.
The difference of the 2 schools points out different
approaches to the potential within the concept.
The more strict and traditional viewpoint Saatli represent
tends to slower the process. But it seems inevitable that both
schools in their own way are able to use the potential of the
concept to create a methodical and pedagogical environment for
the courses that put the student, quality and manufacture
training in focus. As the deputy director from Saatli said: We
all use to tell the student what do do-whom and how. Not to let
them decide. But it works and it is interesting and we are going
to follow that road.
In Sabirabad they have succeeded in using the knowledge of one
the teacher about the IPD life condition, reactions and
approaches in a way that qualifies the general understanding of
1.98 Education: Other educational activities.
As mentioned a Training of Teacher Course has been held for
participant from Camp 7 in the days from 11. to 15. of June.
This group of participant differs from the group participating
in The Training of Trainers Seminar mentioned in the previous
- # they were craftsmen.
- # they have very little or none experience as teacher
- # they have experience as masters and have educated
- # none had at that time been offered a job as teacher on
the coming courses
- # they were all IDPs from camp 7.
They were selected on the following criteria:
- # shown interest in the local community
- # been active in the local community
- # known as good professionals
- # willingness to learn
- # willingness to shares knowledge and experience
- # respected
The aim of the course was to:
- create awareness of hidden ( tacit) knowledge and
- give a basic understand of and methods to cope with
- improvement of the participants understanding of and
coping with change.
- presentation of learning process and learning styles.
- enhancement of the participants understanding for new
approaches to interdisciplinary cooperation.
The program was discussed with the social co-ordinator
Pernille Tind in order to secure a planing process based an
previous experiences and coming TOT courses.
( See enclosed )
All 13 participants attended actively in spite of the fact
that most of them have not been in a learning situation for many
years. They revealed a potential of both professional knowledge
and human resources. It was moreover usefull to the co-ordinator
to get opportunity to meet and learn more about the persons we
one way or the other are going to work with in Camp 7.
1.99 Education: Sector Support / management.
The cooperation between the local expert and the expatriate
are still going very well. Challenges, strategy a.s.o. are
discussed before any action are taken.
The local expert has expanded the weekly lessons in English,
which already have resulted in small stumbling conversations
- Lone Clausen
- UNHCR Co-ordinator
- Danish Refugee Council