Andermatt, Switzerland - From 12-18 August 2013 the DCAF Border Security Programme organised its 2nd DCAF Train-the-Trainers Summer Course in Andermatt, Switzerland. The course brought together police educators, police trainers and education experts from 19 European countries and DCAF partner organisations (Frontex, Cepol, AEPC, OSCE). Participants included both new and more experienced trainers who had come to Andermatt to exchange best practices and improve their teaching skills. Surrounded by the pristine Swiss Alps, the participants discussed best ways of formulating learning outcomes and connecting them to learning and assessment strategies and how better communication skills and different learning styles can make learning more effective.
The training was co-hosted by the Swiss Mounaineering Military Service in Andermatt who ensured much of the practical and extra-curricular activities, such as mountain climbing and other team-building activities. At the opening ceremony in downtown Andermatt in the evening of the 13th August, the participants were addressed by the president of the Provincial Council of the Canton of Uri Mr Toni Moser, high representatives of the Andermatt Municipality, and the Mountaineering Military Service Centre (MMSC) in Andermatt. Ms Jelka Klemenc of DCAF Ljubljana thanked the honorary guests for their presence and support in the name of the organiser. She especially thanked the MMSC for the generous hospitality that is shown to the DCAF course every year, making our participants feel welcome and all their needs and requests accommodated with a kind and professional attitude on part of the soldiers who are on duty at the military compound in the middle of the Swiss Alpine paradise.