Connecting local responses around the world
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The end of the event is the beginning of Ning and Learning Blended. For, once hooked to ACP and CLCP, one is hooked for Life. This was the message Autry and Michael had clearly spelt out during their presentations on Ning and Blended Learning.
Proceeding into the Plenary of the closing ceremony Izola welcomed the dignitaries, and facilitated feedback from the participants on the event. Responding Anderson was the first and he explained, how for him the “Are we Human?” the basis and introduction to the AIDS Competence process was based on the ‘Reflections on the Heart”. He urged all his fellow participants to reflect on the Humanity part of the Competence process and practice it, which would help all of us to change and be better human beings, so that even if there are differences, we could agree to disagree.
Other participants followed with their testimonials of the ACP, separated by energizing ACP claps. Some of them were:
“I will take it and apply it in my Ministry” said Alin.
“’Am I human’, is basic, and just after the SALT Visit team left, some of us in FPA began planning out how to go forward using terms of the Competence process.” said the Head of FPA
Benedict recounted what he had shared during Lunch with Izola: “Previously we had attended Meetings, Seminars, Workshops, Retreats, and what-have-you, just to plan and plan alone. There was no follow-up action and review is long. However, this workshop is a change. There is WoT, WoW, and in everything there is love, affection, living, breathing… We learnt removing the self, and then you recognize the passion.”
Chad: “I have gone through many models. ACP was to my surprise a different one. I understood the Self Assessment Framework, moving from input to outputs. Here the levels were the competence markers.”
“All the members in Community Development Ministry and in the Social Development Ministry, we will get to apply the SALT and the Self Assessment Framework Models”, added the Government representatives.
The Team Presentation:
Izola then requested others from the floor to comment not on the process alone, but also on how are we going to move forward differently. Subsequently, Domnique presented the Intro slides made by the Stakeholder’s Team which consisted of:
Natasha Maillard read out the vision statement. David spoke on recommendations for the CCM, and the Law reforms. Anderson stressed on moving from Level 3 to Level 5 in the Self Assessment Framework. Anderson then testified:
“The AAR after every session is very helpful and we learnt a lot from it.”
The Regional Director of UNAIDS Caribbean stated that he was seeing for the first time such an enthusiastic group at the end of a workshop and wondered what in SALT was there that gave the group so much zeal. Therefore, he gave a few suggestions:
1) What mechanism we have to keep this group connected and committed?
2) What do you want to achieve as a group, and how do you know whether you achieved?
3) How do you monitor where the communities are? How do you keep an eye?
4) How do you know stigma has changed?
5) How do you monitor treatment of HIV?
6) What are the targets?
Natasha Maillard responding stated that we need a system, we need to facilitate networking, inclusion of all NGO and other stakeholders working on this theme, linkages to be built which are probably one-on-one like doctors with patients, a one-stop-shop for treatment, referral system. Moreover, all the 26 Ministries must have HIV Coordinators.
Andy suggested that we must start with the schools and emphasize the services for the childhood. Anderson stated that CCM must be inclusive of all stakeholders. David and Leo suggested that all NGOs must be included in the response.
Izola reiterated that we must reflect on the questions the Regional Director of UNAIDS Caribbean had put forward.
The Honorable Minister, Rodger Samuel, stated how he had attended the Guyana event and wanted it in T&T. He said, “We are different in T&T. Everything we do, we need to coin it. That is the mind set we have. A lot has been done in the past, but something is not palpable. We must find the right blend. Sometimes, there is overlapping of NGO work both in the themes and in the geographical areas. To attain the twin objectives, we have to get everybody involved, or it will cost everyone, maybe not with lives, but surely economically. I am glad every one of you enjoyed the workshop”.
An Extempo AAR:
The dignitaries were in for a pleasant surprise when Chad and David stated that after every session we have had an AAR and this was no exception. Thus, Christopher in this AAR stated there was a need to extend the workshop so that NACC could be formed. Mitchell suggested that there could be more participation from Tobago. David replied that they participants have not stopped, and also have worked out how we will move forward. Benedict wondered whether ‘we are loosing front-liners in the fight’, as we had to have representation from ILO, Embassies, High Commission, other NGO, CBO, FBO. Lionel requested that some time be given, and even the success stories from the ministries can be shared. O’Lea Lokai touched on the issue of stakeholders, and suggested having an informal meeting before formalizing it.
Autry recounted the Guyana follow up experience, after an exercise similar to this. “At the end of the exercise, we joined the Blended Learning and named the Team ‘Guyana Competence’. There was ample commitment as UNIADS, the Ministry and the Red Cross allowed their board room for meeting which helped to keep the people together. “ Autry continued that tight now the four priority areas of WoW, Resource Mobilization, Access to Care and Support, had draft action plans drawn up, after completion of the levels in the Self Assessment Framework. Moreover, Autry explained that these plans had SMART activities only. In addition the activities were in a simple who-was-responsible, when-completion, and Source-of-Resources, format.
Izola thanked the participants, the facilitators and the workshop came to an end.