A three-day training programme on Participatory Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) was held at Assam, India from 6th March, 2019 to 8th March, 2019. A total of 29 tea garden workers of which, 15 female workers and 14 male workers participated in the training programme. The participants belong to the Fairtrade Premium Committee of 11 Fairtrade certified tea estates in Assam, India. The training was conducted by NAPP representatives along with an external trainer appointed by NAPP from Kolkata, India. The objective of the training was to enhance the skills of the worker representatives on participatory processes for Fairtrade Premium projects planning, to ensure participation of all the workers in the tea estates. The objective was to motivate all the worker representatives to be able to collectively identify their core issues, so that they can accordingly utilize the Fairtrade Premium to resolve the prevailing problem in order to lead a dignified life.
Objective of the training programme:
- To sensitize and understand the importance of Fairtrade Premium and its usage
- To introduce the participants with concepts and various approaches of community participation
- To familiarize with methodologies, tools and techniques for analyzing various situation and come up with solutions
Participants were introduced to each other and they practiced participatory planning tools such as problem tree, ranking, why-why, project framework, option game, and also learnt interactive games, which ensured learnings on communication, facilitation skills. The entire training was facilitated for the workers representatives to enjoy and learn key skills for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating (PME) the projects.
The male participants felicitated the female workers, on the occasion of International Women Day on 8th March 2019. One of the members of the Fairtrade Premium Committee from a tea estate spoke on the occasion, highlighting the contribution of women in the tea estates. At the end of the programme, the participants requested NAPP to conduct such training programmes in each of the other gardens so that all the workers can have a chance to participate and learn something good and positive.
Few quotes by the worker representatives at the end of the Training –
- “The past three days of training was indeed a one of its kind and an energetic experience. We will definitely share the learnings among our fellow workers”.
- “The overall training programme helped us in understanding the real issues which should be addressed at the moment and also how to utilize the Fairtrade Premium amount for the holistic development of our people”
- “The techniques used during the training programme were very good and if possible, try to have such training programmes in our tea garden itself in the coming days also”