The Tanzania Centre for Democracy (TCD) has once again hosted a 4-Day BRIDGE Workshop on Post-election Activities Module at LAPF Conference, Dodoma, Tanzania, from 24th to 27th October, 2016. This training was a continuation of the 27th to 30th May May, 2016, which was conducted in Morogoro. Political Parties representatives convened in the named Capital City to be and the Central Region of Tanzania to attend a BRIDGE modular training on Post-Election Activities. The participants were 12 women and 14 men. They were from different Political Parties who are members of Tanzania Centre for Democracy (TCD). They included – CCM, CHADEMA, ACT-WAZALENDO, CUF and NCCR-Mageuzi. The facilitation team composed of Mr. Emmanuel Kawishe (Lead Facilitator) and Ms. Bernadetha Kafuko. The workshop was funded by Danish Institute for PartiesDemocracy (DIPD) in its efforts to strengthen democracy for political parties in Tanzania.
The workshop introduced the participants to the BRIDGE learning methodology, which has a strong emphasis on adult learning techniques by capitalizing on individual experience, knowledge sharing and peer learning. Despite the fact that most participants were coming from more politically influenced environment, they quickly familiarized themselves with the BRIDGE methodology and excelled in participation.
The course was intended to serve a dual purpose: introduce new participants to BRIDGE curriculum and training, and expose Political Party Staff to the Post-election activities, particularly to reflect and review the 2015 General Election Activities. All the 26 participants departed with a well-deserved certification of completion. Participants said that they enjoyed each and every moment of the training and look forward to using BRIDGE methodology and training techniques in their training programs, specifically for reviewing the strategies, procedures, rules and codes of conduct of their parties.
The objectives of the course were achieved as participants acquired knowledge about reviewing electoral process and the semi-accredited facilitator has progressed to full accreditation as workshop facilitator.