[TimorLesteStudies] Professional development course on Working With Communities

Deborah Cummins debcummins at gmail.com
Fri Feb 24 20:20:57 AEDT 2017


*Online professional development course: Working With Communities*

Enrolment closes 20 March 2017

Bridging Peoples is pleased to announce a new round of the ten-week, online
course “*Working With Communities*”, designed to help development
professionals improve their work and impact in developing communities.

This professional development eCourse draws on credible, peer-reviewed
research from a range of sources, including community development,
international development, and other literature. However, it is
specifically designed for practical use: going beyond theory to teach
development professionals practical techniques and strategies that they can
apply in their everyday work with developing communities—at every stage of
the project cycle. By the end of the course, participants will have
everything they need to create their own community engagement strategy,
tailored to their specific work and community context.

The *Working With Communities* eCourse is not specific to Timor-Leste.
Because it focuses mainly in teaching *processes of engagement*, with
participants using the techniques and strategies they learn to fill in
details of their own unique program and community context, it is relevant
to anyone working directly with developing communities who wish to improve
their community engagement skills. The last round included students from
Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Syria, Italy, Timor-Leste and the United
Kingdom (among others).

As a final note, participants don’t need to take time off work to do this
program: as it is an online course, study hours are flexible, and can be
managed on top of work responsibilities.

Full course details are available at www.workingwithcommunities.com, where
you can also get a sneak peek of the course with a free training video on
community engagement/stakeholder mapping.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact:

Deborah Cummins

Founder & Director, Bridging Peoples

deb at bridgingpeoples.com

*Some comments from previous students:*

*“**The course has an excellent practical focus that can be applied by
anyone working directly with communities, including development and
humanitarian projects and programs, and the public services.”*  Youssef
Almustafa, M&E Specialist, Syria

*“**The lessons were clear, the sequencing of lessons built up a gradual
deeper understanding of the content, and I especially liked the ethical
foundation of the course content—particularly the emphasis on working with
local people.”*  Heather Redmond, Chairperson Friends of Lacluta, Australia

*“I really appreciated the personal assistance provided by Deborah and the
interesting Q&A sessions with the other participants from all over the
world!”* Ilaria Rosetti, Cultural Heritage Professional, Netherlands

*“The course is wonderfully rich in content, detailing the complexity of
working with communities and providing practical approaches to work with
this reality.”* Heidi Zajac, Director Cooking Circles, Australia
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