On 19 November 2012, in Harare, Zimbabwe, UNITAR in collaboration with the South African Development Community Regional Peacekeeping Centre (SADC – RPTC) launched a Training of Trainers (ToT) course on “Human Security in Post-Conflict Countries” back to back with a pilot training course on the same subject. The twelve-day training course is being held from 19 – 30 November 2012 and aims at enhancing the participant’s capacity to work with a human security approach to peace operations. The unique approach of this training course is the division into a “Training of Trainers course” followed by a pilot training course on Human Security in Post-Conflict Countries. This pilot course will be delivered by the beneficiaries of the ToT, fully supported by the international personnel and subject matter experts involved in the Training Course.

During the opening ceremony of the ToT course, the Deputy Commandant of SADC – RPTC, Lt. Colonel Sambulo Ndlovu, highlighted that “sharing experiences and interaction are vital ingredients in understanding the ever changing dynamics of peacekeeping. [...]” It is during the first part of the course that the participants will be given the opportunity to learn new training methodologies and further their skills and knowledge on adult education more generally. The participants will have the chance to engage in a multiplicity of interactive tasks, such as the drafting and performance of a lesson, the delivery of a role play, or the design of a case study. These practical approaches and newly-acquired skills will, at the end of the course, enable them to deliver the UNITAR Human Security Training Course within their respective institutions.

The training course on the concept of human security reflects the need to broaden the focus of peacebuilding challenges in post-conflict settings. Reflections on health security or environmental risks are as much part of the course as considerations on wider notions of political security. At the end of the course, the participants will work on the application of human security for the planning and implementation of a peace operation. According to Kofi Annan every step towards the realization of human security is also “a step towards reducing poverty, achieving economic growth and preventing conflict”. It is in line with this statement that Lt. ColonelNdlovu assures that the course is an important “contribution to the regional peace and security agenda”.