From 06 to 29 April 2020, the Alioune Blondin Beye Peacekeeping School (EMP-ABB) in Bamako provided 04 training courses via its mobile training teams (MTT). Considering the measures and the anti-coronavirus device implemented at the School, the EMP-ABB estimated that the use of its mobile teams to continue to provide training courses in external and to police trainees and military. Here are the feedback from some national and international trainees:
Lieutenant Mapouka Adèle Aïdora of the Central African Republic (CONFON internship at the Military School of Administration of Koulikoro): I was impressed to acquire knowledge on the fundamental principles of peacekeeping, its role and what agents peacekeepers in the field in this type of mission. This training allowed me to discover a lot of things because at home in the Central African Republic, we went through a crisis and I had to work with some United Nations Police officers (UNPOL), but I did not know exactly their mission. Now that I have acquired this fundamental knowledge, I would be able to work better with them. The CONFON course really impressed me because I was able to exchange ideas and benefit from the knowledge and field experiences of the instructors.
Captain Yacouba Idi Moumouni from Niger (PC Bataillon 2020 internship at the National Staff School of Koulikoro): Despite the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PC Bataillon 2020 internship was an invaluable contribution to trainees. It has helped to educate future troop commanders on the challenges that await them and the direct consequences that mismanagement or failure to take into account can have on operations or even on the mission.
Maréchale des Logis Adizatou Idrissa from Mali (UNPOL internship at the Faladiè Gendarmerie School) - Thanks to this training I better understood the role, mission and importance of MINUSMA. What is its mandate and the importance it places on diversity within it?
Lieutenant Amadou Touré (UNPOL internship at the Faladiè Gendarmerie School) - I have already had the opportunity to put into practice in Koro and Kangaba, for the management of inter-village conflicts, the lessons received at the training courses of EMP-ABB and thus see their effectiveness in real situations in the field. This helped me a lot because their teaching was a determining factor which allowed me to master and manage the men on the ground and to stabilize the area. It would be a good idea to be able to expand the training of the EMP-ABB Mobile Training Teams (MTT) in the regions of Mali, as they are really needed as they strengthen operational capacities. The instructors present at the Faladiè Gendarmerie School were really up to the task because all the trainees felt involved and everyone participated fully. Hats off to the instructors!