First Regional Workshop on Teaching-Learning Practice Improvement

Colleagues from the University of Geneva together with Sustainable Caucasus joined hands to respond to the growing demand for qualified teaching in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and hazard mapping (DRM-HM) and to contribute to capacity building for instructors in higher education institutions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia within the project Strengthening the Climate Adaptation Capacities in the South Caucasus: Enhancing regional cooperative action for the benefit of the Caucasus mountain region (SCAC), financially supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

First Regional Workshop on Teaching-Learning Practice Improvement was held on 31st of August, 2021. The main objectives of the workshop were to provide lecturers and project partners in the South Caucasus with an update and overview of SCAC project activities; introduce them to the DRM-HM toolbox and its learning units, and offer a brief overview of course design principles. 

The cross-country survey results revealed the need to strengthen existing knowledge and research capacities by suggesting specific topics to be focused on throughout learning units. The need for significant improvement in teaching methods within some countries was also highlighted with the preference for a practice-oriented approach. Economic support for increased cooperation and exchange opportunities with other countries was indicated as another common denominator. 
The workshop was built on an in-depth analysis of contemporary international and South Caucasus teaching and learning practices in DRM and DRM-HM as well as a collaborative needs assessment carried out with project partners.  

Programme participants agreed on the next steps by proceeding with the planning of the launch of a regional and national disaster risk management (DRM) and hazard mapping teacher training and coaching programme in the form of a webinar series to be organized from September 2021 to June 2022.