2011 Adaptation Academy Foundation Course
GCAP completed its second Adaptation Academy Foundation Course in Cape Town, South Africa. The course was a huge success and has helped shape the direction of the Academy and future courses. We are excited that we were able to connect with a great group of participants and look forward to the 2012 course.
Muriel, an Adaptation Analyst at GCAP, attended this course as both a participant and trainer. Here is what she had to say:
"Though the Adaptation Academy Foundation Course took place over a month ago, I still reflect on my experiences during the Course and the people I met. Throughout the Course, I deepened my understanding of methods to support practical and robust adaptation decisions; further expanding on the work I have done with GCAP since I started working a year ago.
The Adaptation Academy was taught through structured sessions on many different topics centred around practical tools and application but still remained flexible and incorporated participants' suggestions and needs. My favourite sessions focused on vulnerability assessment, adaptation screening options and leadership and communication development.
As a participant, I joined an amazing and diverse group of people, sharing many professional and personal experiences not only during the course but also outside of course activities. The course was a great networking opportunity and I am still in touch with many of the participants.
As a trainer, I felt uneasy at first about going on the other side of the mirror, in front of group I got to know very well as a participant. However, I believe this enhanced my ability to communicate with the participants and through encouragement from Tom and Mo, I was able to lead a few sessions on adaptation screening, providing real-world examples of practical approaches using scorecards.
I am very grateful to all the participants for showing me new ways of thinking and new cultures, and to GCAP for giving me the opportunity to both participate and teach at the Academy. I am already looking forward to the next year!"