The first hands on Training of Trainers national workshop was held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, last week. The training was very successful due to the active participation and commitment of many organisations active in water and sanitation. Most trainers attended on the Saturday and many also following up or planning on Sunday. The final workshop report will be available in the website very soon.
During the training, participants broke into groups and each group triggered two communities near Honiara. Each community set a date for becoming “open defecation free,” and either MHMS or World Vision will be supporting the communities to reach their goals. A number of the trainers from other organizations expressed interest in joining post-triggering follow up activities, and to contribute to their learning we request that their time be made available for this if possible.
On the final day of the workshop, all organizations developed 6 month action plans for scaling up CLTS within their existing programs.
The training received good media coverage, including One News and Paoa FM and many articles in the Solomon Star and Island Sun. The Special Secretary to the Prime Minister attended the closing session and encouraged all trainers to share their knowledge of CLTS for the benefit of the country.