Organisation of trainings

The training setup has evolved over time, in parallel with the lessons learned.

2 day training of masons (2006 in Pakistan): The mason training was limited to a day or two of classroom lessons with very few practical outdoor demonstrations. Impact: very limited. Workers are not used to sit in a classroom for hours at a time.

10 day training of masons (2011 in Haiti): The initial training consisted of a 10 day course with 50% theory lessons in classrooms and 50% practical exercises in the school yard. Again, this proved to be far too short and too theoretical for trainees often with a limited educational background.

6 week training of masons (2012 in Haiti): 4 days a week of practical training on housing reconstruction sites and one day of theory in a classroom. While working on the building sites

masons were paid allowing them to participate in a 6 week training course. Salary was a little

bit lower than usual to allow for the slower pace of the construction work on the training site.

4 week training of trainers (2013 in Haiti): For qualified trainers and experienced masons. The practical part of this training consisted in the construction of a monument.

2 week training of trainers (2016 in Ecuador): For qualified trainers and technicians. Construction of a very small house, with the assistance of experienced masons. Three hours of theory every day.

8 week training of masons (2017 in Ecuador): Longer duration of training due to bigger houses than in

Haiti. 5 days of practical work on construction site and Saturday mornings for theory lessons.

Conclusion:

Despite regular requests from organisations and institutions for "short trainings" of a couple of days we insist that the minimal duration of masons training should not be less than six weeks. Anything shorter should not be called "training" but "awareness-raising or introductory workshop".

The duration of a training-of-trainers depends on the initial qualification of the trainees. Practical work however remains an important part of the training, also for trainers.

Training schedules

Schedule for the Training of Trainers on a "monument" (4 weeks), SDC/CCR Haiti 2013,

in FRENCH

Schedule for the Training of Masons on a house (6 weeks), SDC/CCR Haiti 2013,

in FRENCH

Schedule for the Training of Masons on a house (6 weeks), SDC/CCR Haiti 2013,

in ENGLISH

Schedule for the Training of Trainers on a house (2 weeks), SDC/Ecosur Ecuador 2016,

in SPANISH

Schedule for the Practical Training of Students on a F-Structure (2 weeks), SDC/ITS Azogues, Ecuador 2017, in SPANISH

F - Structures (Full scale partial construction for training)

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"The Monument", construction drawings, SDC Pakistan 2007, in feet and inches

in ENGLISH

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"The Monument", construction drawings, SDC/CCR Haiti 2013,

in FRENCH

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F-Structure, construction drawings, SDC/CCR Haiti 2016,

in FRENCH

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F-Structure, construction drawings, SDC Ecuador 2017,

in SPANISH

Additional training material

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14 posters with technical illustrations, for off-the-electrical-grid training, SDC Haiti 2011,

in CREOLE (but can be used independently of the language).

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Manuel du formateur: Exercices didactiques pour la formation en maçonnerie chaînée, SDC/CCR Haiti 2013, in FRENCH

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Aide mémoire pour le cours de formation pour maçons: une collection de toutes les diapos utilisé dans les leçons théoriques, SDC/CCR Haiti 2011, in FRENCH

House construction as on-site training

Training house in Ecuador by Ecosur cove

Training house in Ecuador, by ECOSUR, 2017 (Training by Ecosur: House reconstruction for particularly vulnerable earthquake victims)

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Training house in Haiti, by EPER, 2011 (Training by SDC/CCR: House reconstruction for earthquake victims)

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Training house in Haiti, by SRC, 2013 (Training by SDC/SRC: small roadside cafe to generate income for the local community).

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Training house in Pakistan, by SDC, 2006 (Training by SDC: SDC field office used to house field staff, later handed over to the local council).

Exams

Theory exam through pictures (for low-literacy trainees) - Questions, SDC/CCR Haiti 2011,

in FRENCH

Theory exam through pictures (for low-literacy trainees) - Answers, SDC/CCR Haiti 2011,

in FRENCH

Oral exam - Questions, SDC/CCR - INFP Haiti 2013,

in FRENCH

Final test through drawings (for low-literacy trainees) - Questions, SDC/CCR - UN-Habitat - INFP, Haiti 2013 (in CREOLE)

Final test through drawings (for low literacy trainees) - Answers, SDC/CCR - UN-Habitat - INFP, Haiti 2013 (in CREOLE)

Setup practical exam, SDC/CCR - INFP Haiti 2013,

in FRENCH