The first training of trainers (ToT) workshop on CRVS eLearning course was held from 10 to 19 April 2018 in Windhoek, Namibia for 14 Anglophone countries. The ToT workshop on CRVS eLearning course is part of the capacity building initiative under the African Programme for Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registrations and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS) systems. The workshop was jointly organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Centre of Excellence for CRVS, the World Bank Group and Vital Strategies. The workshop brought together 47 CRVS experts (28 females and 19 males) from Civil Registration Agencies and Ministry of Health representing 14 countries: Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The ToT workshop covered 8 modules including: Importance of CRVS and overview of its Institutional Arrangement and operations, Legal Framework of CRVS Systems, Birth Registration and Adoption, Death Registration, Marriage and Divorce, CRVS Assessment and Strategic Planning, CRVS Business Process Improvement, and Gender in CRVS and facilitation for adults’ training. The participants also had a one-day study visit to the National Register, ID Management and Hospitals in Windhoek, Namibia. The objective of the workshop is to create a core cadre of trainers from key national stakeholders at the regional level, who will offer subsequent cascaded training up to the local registrar level in their respective countries. The long-term outcome of the training workshop is for self-reliance by countries and to promote and develop further eLearning Course Modules specific to the region and to be widely used by practitioners, researchers, students, and sustainably strengthen and build capacities of national and regional CRVS institutions.