The RESCUE project entered in its “real” capacity-building phase with a total of 6 days of face-to-face training conducted by Dr. Anja Wipper and Mr. Peer-Olaf Kalis from the Technischen Universität Berlin. The training was offered for the staff of the three Jordanian Universities (Yarmouk University, Al- Zaytouna University and Zarqa University) and for UL, LIU and USEK staff in Lebanon. The training took place at AARU’s premises in Amman from 8 to 9 of May 2018 and subsequently at UL premises in Lebanon the next week from 14-16.
The aim of the two trainings was to provide the staff of the R-SOS units with adequate knowledge and support on how to deliver the foreseen services of the units and how to design and setup eventual ad-hoc courses for refugees. The R-SOS units will represent a University hub where to concentrate already existing activities in the Universities and exploit new possibilities for local and hosted communities.
In the specific case, this training staff focused on the use of relational databases. Basic functionality of creating new databases and the usage of queries inside existing databases were the main part of the training. The aim is to give the capability of independent database usage. It is related to lists of services, data of locations of services, data of consultation results and national and international scholarship opportunities. Databases are also the basis of the R-SOS unit evaluation in the test phase and afterwards. The course has been thought as independent from special local or national inputs and to be conducted for all unit staff the same way.
Due to regional tension, partners from Duhok decided to postpone the training during the study visits in Germany, which will be probably held in next October. All the partners will participate to a second training session after the end of the Ramadan month which will be performed by the University of Barcelona trainers and that will focus on psychological assistance and screening.