Have you ever had a challenge of bringing all partners together for a refresher? How do you manage the different levels of skills that all the partners have? How do you make a refresher as interactive as possible for a group of 38 participants?
From the 7th to 9th August 2018, Namati citizenship team in Kenya arranged the 2nd cross partner paralegal refresher at a hotel in Kwale county. Bringing paralegals from the three partners together to share their experience and refresh their legal skills. One partner had over 4 years of experience in implementing the paralegal work while another had not more than a year of implementing experience.
The biggest challenge we had as a team was balancing the two level of skills. In order to balance, we distributed reading materials to all partners at least two weeks in advance and encouraged the teams to read through the materials as a group and promised the best team an award. The other challenge was how to evaluate the winner and how to make the process as competitive as possible while at the same time being as fair as possible.
Luckily @vivekmaru shared with us the idea of using jeopardy game. Since it was the first time we were using case laws in our training, we decided that it was the best fit for the game. We divided the questions into:
- Details of the case
- Arguments of the parties
- Reasoning of the court
- Lessons from the case With more points being awarded to the most complex questions. We did not follow the exact TV version of the game due to time constraints and also we wanted to customise it.
Above is an image of me explaining how we were to award the points.
This ensured that all the teams were at equal level and the team that won ended up being the one with the least years of experience. Though the Nubian Rights Forum team @zena @Zahra et al are yet to accept defeat and the winning team @kasida_abdul @Nasteha et al are yet to receive their gift.
Despite the challenges of planing and logistics, we were able to achieve our goals for the training and we are now planing for the next one and would love to try new ways of training. We would love to know how you do your trainings. Please share the methodologies and any insights you have on how you do your trainings and refreshers.