UN Military Observers ToT Course Opens at the Rwanda Peace Academy

The United Nations Military Observers Training of Trainers (ToT) Course started today Monday, 8 November 2021 at the Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA) training facility in Musanze and will run up to 19 November 2021.  The course is funded by the Government of the United Kingdom (UK) through the British Peace Support Team, Africa (BPST-A).

The purpose of the course is to build the capacity of the RDF personnel and their understanding of the UN Core Pre-Deployment Training Materials (CPDTM) as well as the Standard Training Materials (STM) for UN Military Observers. A total of 20 officers from the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) are attending the training. 

The course was officially opened by Colonel (Rtd) Jill Rutaremara, the Director of the Rwanda Peace Academy. The opening ceremony was attended by two representatives of the British Peace Support Team (Africa), Lt Col Mike Lynskey and Lt Col Ash Wiseman. Present also at the ceremony were two officers from the UN Integrated Training Service (ITS)- the Course Director, Col Alexander Cavalcanti Simioni (Brazilian) and the course manager,Lt Col Ibrahim Bolaji Abdulwahab (Nigerian) as well as two facilitators from ITS Mobile Training Team; Maj Maira Reverberi from Uruguay and Capt Jochen Kraemer from Germany.

The Director of RPA commended the productive partnership between the Rwanda Peace Academy, the British Peace Support Team (Africa) and the UN Integrated Training Service (ITS). The training will enable the RDF to train many potential Military Observers without necessarily relying on expertise from its partners and allies, said Col (Rtd) Jill Rutaremara.

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