USAID BIJAK supports the Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s (KLHK) shift to online training

13 November 2020 KLHK communications training screenshot. KLHK communications training screenshot.

From 2 until 13 November, USAID BIJAK and KLHK’s Center for Education and Training (Pusdiklat) kicked off a two week, 78-hour training on communications for national parks staff. The event, originally planned to be delivered through in-person classroom instruction, was postponed when the COVID-19 pandemic halted travel and public events in Indonesia.  BIJAK and Pusdiklat quickly shifted strategy, adapting the training to be delivered entirely through Pusdiklat’s e-learning system The intensive e-training was the first of its kind, targeting staff responsible for the national rollout of a new Ministerial strategy.  The innovative course which included real-time sessions, discussion boards, chatrooms, and videoconferencing with offline coursework was delivered to forest ecosystem managers and forestry extension officers from national parks and Natural Resources Conservation Offices (BKSDA) offices in regional offices across Indonesia.  This training was the first of eight online trainings in development by BIJAK and KLHK to ensure that the government of Indonesia can continue to build the skills of its staff when conditions prevent in-person events.