Dianova Chile implemented an online training program aimed at over 800 professionals from public, territorial, and third-sector organizations from several countries
By Marco Antonio Del Río Anabalón – The project called ‘Drivers of Social Change’ was the result of a grant awarded to Public Interest Organizations by the Ministry General Secretariat of Government of Chile.
The design of the project started in 2018 and gave rise to the Dianova Chilee-learning platform http://dianovalive.org/e-learning/. Implemented from early March until late April 2019, the training program had three thematic axes: ‘Leadership and Teamwork,’ ‘Prevention of Risky Behaviours,’ and ‘Development of Social Projects,’ ending with the module ‘Knowledge Integration Work’ and taught by prominent Dianova Chile professionals and guests from our network. The initiative allowed us to sign up over 800 people (professionals, teachers, psychologists, social workers, social actors and leaders) belonging to municipalities, territorial organizations, and third-sector and public bodies (foundations and corporations). Participants from, among other countries, Chile, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Venezuela (some of them from the Dianova International Network) were able to overcome borders and time zones thanks to the course’s 100% onlinemodality. At the end of the course, participants received a certificate issued jointly by Dianova Chile and the Ministry General Secretariat of Government indicating a duration of 46 hours within the framework of the Entities of Public Interest Strengthening Fund.
The program included two opening and closing in-person events at the University of Chile (Santiago de Chile) and Santo Tomás University in the Maule Region (Curicó, Chile), respectively. These events were attended by participants of the program, as well as social, education, and academic authorities of the region and the aforementioned entities of higher education, with whom we formed an alliance within the framework of the development of the program.
In addition, for the Knowledge Integration module that was part of the project, participants submitted over 100 social projects, especially in areas related to inclusion (visual and motor impairment), the environment (recycling and conservation), education (coexistence and prevention of bullying), and other topics such as citizen involvement and education.
The program was evaluated by our technical counterpart for the Ministry, which wrote a final technical report and a report on the systematization of the process. Lastly, it is worth noting that our project received a mention among over 1000 projects submitted to the contest (it was among the top five, and only 50 projects in the whole country were awarded a grant). We were also invited to La Moneda Palace in Chile to sign the Execution Agreement.
Dianova Chile has implemented very interesting training initiatives in the last few years. In 2018, the ‘International Certification Professional Updating and Development of Skills in the Treatment of Addictions ‘ was implemented in collaboration with Dianova Uruguay, Dianova Spain, and Dianova International. This program was selected by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the NGO Committee of Drugs of Vienna (VNGOC) with the support of the Government of Sweden to publish ‘Working together — Drugs and Sustainable Development: A Guide for NGOs ‘. In addition, this activity was selected for an exhibition at the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (Vienna, Austria) from the 2nd to the 6th March 2020.