In the Fellowship for Afghanistan each Mentor/Coach team commits to oversee at least one group of Fellows for the duration of the Fellowship. Mentors are experts, practitioners, or academics in a variety of disciplines who are based in different countries. Coaches selected from the most committed and capable graduates of previous Fellowship Cycles constitute the Fellowship’s mentoring arm in Afghanistan. To guide and support the Coaches in fulfilling their roles a training module on Coaching for Coaches is offered.
After careful selection of committed and competent alumni as Coaches, the objective of the Coaching for Coaches Seminars is to provide them with the appropriate training and preparation to serve in this role as team facilitator and mentor. This training of trainers initiative plays a key part in ensuring the success of the Fellowship programme. At th conclusion of this Series of Coaching for Coaches Seminars, linking Kabul, Hiroshima, Phoenix and Seattle, participants will have covered themes including;
Coaching and Mentoring
Conflict Resolution and Motivation
Roles and Expectations
Coaching/Mentoring -- discussion on the Coach’s role from the Coach's perspective, and its evolution as it expands, becoming an increasingly significant part of the Mentoring team. Coaches are asked to review their experience as Fellows, and give a five minute presentation to their respective groups on how they plan to fulfil their role as Coaches.
The Coaching for Coaches Module starts before the official launch of the Fellowship. Throughout the year eight web-based seminars, and two on-site working sessions are conducted. The on-site working sessions also include Fellows and Mentors, ensuring that all players develop a better understanding of their roles and what is expected of them.
The Seminar Series is offered to the Fellowship Alumni who are selected as Coaches, new international Mentors, as well as Afghan Faculty-in-training. The Series consists of eight seminars and hands-on training, and UNITAR awards certificates to those who complete the full Cycle as Coaches.