The training is to provide Tashabos teachers the knowledge and skills to appropriately use the Tashabos textbooks to implement and teach the subjects. Priority for participation in the training is given to the new Tashabos teachers replacing former Tashabos teachers.
In all the training sessions, the business consultant-trainer tried to conduct training in a practical, oriented and participatory manner to enable participants use theoretical principles and standards in real-life situations and conditions. This strategy encouraged the trainees to practice their actual business situation during the training class. The participants did practical work on their own business projects, simulating the reality.
By the end of the training the participants had gained business knowledge and an understanding of important aspects and techniques of business; and in the process also developed a draft plan for their business. In the ToT sessions the teachers learned how to help and support the Tashabos students bring their business idea into practice, and to develop a business plan and strategy, and how to document for starting and improving a business.
The practical work was a very useful methodology during the training delivery; all the participants liked and were happy with the method. The consultants and responsible Tashabos trainers provided facilitation and helped the participants in their working groups and practical work.
The first step training delivery plan covered business management and development training for the Top 50 youth entrepreneurs. The training was to be held in two groups of 25 participants. Each group would receive five full days of training, for a total of ten days. The training objective was ‘how to establish, manage and develop small/micro businesses.’
The training topics covered included business definition and subjects, SWOT analysis, business environment; business name, logo and brand; production, marketing, supply and demand, how to track finances, and profit and loss calculations.
Of the invited Top 50 participants, 40 young entrepreneurs (55% were girls and 45% boys) attended the training. Nineteen students attended the first group training from January 27 to February 1, 2015 and twenty-one attended the second from February 2 to 7, 2015. Among the 40 trainees, twenty-two girls and eighteen boys participated from the four provinces.
The second step training was on business plan writing for the Top 10 final business proposal competition candidates. All ten were invited to attend the training; nine of them attended regularly. One only attended the first day without giving a reason for not attending the other three. Training for the nine trainees (67% girls and 33% boys) from Kabul, Nangarhar and Bamyan Provinces was held February 10 to14, 2015.
The training contents included mission, keys to success, business summary, business ownership, start-up summary, company locations, products and services; marketing analysis, segmentation, and strategies; competitive advantage, pricing and sales strategies, sales forecast, management summary, personnel plans, and financial planning.
A training of trainers (ToT) was conducted for Tashabos teachers. All of them are government teachers at public schools and teach the Tashabos curriculum in addition to the school curriculum. Of the thirty teachers invited from schools in all four provinces to the ToT, twenty nine (48% women and 52% men) participated. Their levels of knowledge and capacities varied.
The training methods involved a number of group exercises such as working groups and individual practical work in a workbook. The business consultant-trainer used a participative, action-oriented approach throughout the program. During the exercises participants were exposed to business plan concepts including mission, keys to success, business summary, business ownership, start-up summary, company locations, products and services; marketing analysis, segmentation, and strategies; competitive advantage, pricing and sales strategies, sales forecast, management summary, personnel plans, and financial planning.
The business consultant-trainer completed a confidential observation of each participant during the ToT to observe and assess the participant’s level of participation, facilitation skills, team work and alignment. Overall the participants demonstrated their abilities to apply participatory methods and learning principles. However, some did not show an interest to use this opportunity to learn.