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THE AMERICAN CENTER
                          TOT & FCTOT ALUMNI
                          RANGOON, BURMA


                          SPECIAL POINTS
                          OF INTEREST:
                                                              TOT & FCTOT                      NEWSLETTER
                                                              V O L U ME          1 ,   I S S UE     2               O CT O BE R          3 1 ,    2 0 1 1
                              ...This is really special


                                                          Training for change
                          •
                              for the people who are
                              really interested in the
                              welfare and develop-
                              ment of our community.      FCTOT encourages community leaders to embrace collaborative approaches
                              Because this course can     to bring change for Myanmar society
                              change us to become a
                              new person like an
                                                          Sai Aung Thein (TOT 2)
                              agent who can lead the
                                                          DESPITE being a dentist and
                              future civil society...
                                                          working as a health worker in
                          •   ...It was so pleased        non-governmental organiza-
                              gathering with my           tions, Nang Nu Nu Yee, a
                              friends, trainers and       reproductive health coordina-
                              alumni ...                  tor, never thought she would
                                                          become a confident trainer
                          •   ...I’m automatically        mastering in training designs
                              stepping back and back      after attending a seven-week
                              and back ...                course.
                                                             “I’ve learnt lots of lessons
                          •   ….In eventually, I could    from the course including
                              face this challenge...      how to create the training        2011 after being introduced by      Her teacher’s suggestion
                                                          design which is really impor-     her teacher who thought she      turned out to be true, and she
                                                          tant for trainers,” says Ms       might get lots of knowledge.     found the course changed her
                                                          Yee, the coordinator of Karen                                      ways of conducting trainings.
                          INSIDE THIS                     Women Action Group, adding                                             Even though she had some
                          ISSUE:                          that she also learnt some key         “FCTOT is totally            experience attending other
                          TOT &                 3
                                                          components such as experien-        different from other           trainings before, she says,
                                                          tial learning cycle, adult                                         what she expected as a trainee
                          FCTOT
                                                          learning characters, giving       trainings I used to do.          was that they could get all
                                                          and receiving sandwich feed-               It is not spoon         things from trainers. But what
                          BUBBLE                3
                                                          back, and trainer’s behaviors.              feeding, but it        she had learned from FCTOT
                          AND WAVE                           Ms Yee, a Pao ethnic from       demands all effort of           was that she could use the
                                                          Taunggyi, attended the                                             experience from participants
                          Missing               3                                           the participants.” Nang
                                                          FCTOT, Foundational Cycle                                          and let them find the way to
                          Alumni                                                                    Nu Nu Yee, FCTOT 4
                                                          Training of Trainers, in July                                      solve problems by them-
                          Step Up,              4                                                                            selves.
Design: Jimmy Rezar Boi




                                                                                                                                “FCTOT is totally different
                          Step Back
                                                                                                                             from other trainings I used to
                          Reading               4                                                                            do. It is not spoon feeding,
                                                                                                                             but it demands all effort of the
                          Plan like Hell; 4                                                                                  participants,” she says.
                          Go with the
                                                                                                                                FCTOT is a training pro-
                                                                                                                             gram established in 2010 with
                          flow
                                                                                                                             the aim of training local ex-
                          Dear Alumni           4                                                                            perts of diverse backgrounds
                                                                                                                             to be effective community
                                                                                                                             leaders and building networks
                                                          TOT/FCTOT Alumni and participants gathering at graduation          of highly trained community
                                                          ceremony of FCTOT batch 4.                                         leaders.

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                   Continue from Training for Change…..
                     “I hope that one benefit that comes                                                edge, says Dim Sian Nem, FCTOT’s
                  from the FCTOT program is that there                                                  associate training specialist.
                  are more community leaders using                                                         “I think this program will bring
                  experiential, participatory, collabora-                                               more collaborative practices and pro-
                  tive, and inclusive approaches to the                                                 mote inclusions among diverse indi-
                  work that they do,” says Mr David                                                     viduals and communities,” Ms Nem
                  Root, the founder of FCTOT.                                                           says.
                     FCTOT was changed from TOT,                                                           This is also true for Ms Yee who
                  Training of Trainers, pilot programs                                                  also says that FCTOT is very effective
                  that were being conducted outside of                                                  and steered her to become a powerful
                  the programming of the American                                                       community worker for her society.
                  Center’s work in 2008. According to                                                      She felt she was equipped with the
                  Mr Root, they saw the success and                                                     essential skills and techniques which
                  value of TOT so that they worked to                                                   enable her to facilitate the commu-
                  incorporate it fully into the program-                                                nity very well in order to empower
                  ming of the American Center’s work.                                                   the capacity of Myanmar society.
                     During 2008 and 2009, Mr Root,                                                        “This is really special for the people
                  with his two colleagues who started         Participants are participating in group   who are really interested in the welfare
                  TOT, took a long look at the course         work of experiential learning cycle       and development of our community.
                  and after some deep reflections, they                                                 Because this course can change us to
                  decided that the three month approach       training is to create change, then they   become a new person like an agent
                  that they had used for TOT was a bit        ideally want individuals who have         who can lead the future civil society,”
                  too heavy and that the course would         demonstrated change efforts in their      she says.
                  be more effective if it was broken up       communities already and who are po-          While there are many benefits
                  into three different “cycles”, a Foun-      sitioned to continue brining change to    FCTOT providing to its participants
                  dational, Intermediate, and Advanced.       their work and communities.               and Myanmar society, there are also
                  But unfortunately, after running the           According to Mr Root, participants     some challenges in delivering it, Mr
                  program in 2010, it was decided that        of the program would conduct an ef-       Root says.
                  only the first Foundational Cycle           fective, objective-oriented, participa-      “The largest challenge faced in de-
                  would receive funding and be deliv-         tory and experiential-based training      livering this training is balancing the
                  ered, he says. After the fouth batch of     session. They would also create a         time required to effectively bring
                  FCTOT, the program has benefited            learning environment and community        change to an individual, or group, with
                  around 75 participants combining            that embraces and promotes diversity,     the busy lives of our targeted benefici-
                  with TOT and ultimately resulted in         collaborative learning, self-discovery,   aries,” he says.
                  many good trainers who are working          and reflective thought, he adds.             Mr Root adds that his challenge with
                  in different fields and benefiting             Mr Root says that he has already       Myanmar participants lies in his in-
                  their communities.                          seen multiple collaborations between      ability to speak a local language in
                     Mr Root, who has been teaching and       individual alumni who have been           which to deliver the trainings.
                  training in Myanmar for four years,         working on projects that have em-            With batches of trainers fully trained
                  says they are looking for current or        braced the principles of inclusion and    and well-equipped, Mr Root is already
                  emergent community leaders in the field     collaboration.                            formulating the next step. FCTOT is
                  of community development and civil             Although the concept of collabora-     developing a completely local training
                  society.                                    tion and inclusion is familiar among      force that will be able to deliver the
                     “We ideally target individuals           Myanmar people, the rate of using         course in a local language in order to
                  who are engaged in bringing change          them is still very low and a lot of       create more sustainability and reach
                  to their communities, who are con-          trainings are more top-down that the      for their program.
                  nected, and who are committed to            trainer is always the source of infor-       “Over the next year that will be one
                  continuing their work in Myanmar,”          mation without acknowledging or           of our main objectives,” he says.
                  he says, adding that if the purpose of      including the participants knowl-
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                                                 “BUBBLE AND WAVE”
      TOT and FCTOT
                                                 Air and water marry and mix
Teaching opens the window to the world.
                                                 Outcome a bubble there it exists;
Organizing teachers accumulates a force to       Grow big and big, it colors
  make a better world.
                                                 Green, red blue…the      spectrum flowers
Training of trainers, the program we love        Then blows the breeze it disappears.
   all!
                                                     Open sea vast in the water
Foundational Cycle Training of Trainers,             High booms up the crest the boasted
  Enhance skills of teachers, no exceptions          Sounds of whisper and roar its varied calls
  to those of community leaders.                     Almighty the waves rise and fall.
Core elements for community development,         From the cradle to the grave
  Discussed and shared by achievers.             A life of a human subsists,
                                                 Like a bubble
Theories, techniques, and methods                Like a wave
  Acquired and practiced together by learn-      There appears and comes vanished.
  ers.                                               MY DEATH IS ETERNAL  (igaoNcif;oñf jrJ)
Outstanding trainers contribute knowledge            MY LIFE IS MORTAL (igtoufoñf rjrJ)
  and experience
                                                    How ‘beautiful’ or ‘powerful’ it ever would be
  To their juniors and future leaders.
                                                    In a moment a blink … a flash …
Training of trainers, the program to be             A swell of water rises and breaks
  joined by all!                                    As life lasts, is unpredicted.
                       Thu Zar Thwin             The essence of being a humane lies
                       (TOT 1st batch)           How survives beneficial to one’s environ_
                                                 The genuine beauty and power of
                                                 REPUTATION never dies.
                                                                                        Green (TOT October 2008)




                                             MISSING
                                                            I……..   .
                                                      ALUMN
                                             There was so heavy raining day in 28th       songs altogether when Ma Wai and
                                             September. But, I was going to Total         Ma Nwe come back from Thailand.
                                             Learning Academy to meet my friends          Unfortunately, I could not meet
                                             and trainers. I was so nervous that it       Jimmy, John, Aungzubu and Ma Kyi.
                                             was not sure to meet my friends at To-       I totally believe that we can meet
                                             tal. In reality, I met two of my lovely      coming days to share experiences.
                                             sisters –one is Ma Stella and another        That is why, I am counting the days
                                             one is Magret. It was so pleased gather-     and times that we are going to
                                             ing with my friends, trainers and alumni     gather in the future.
                                             at that day. At the graduation day, fortu-
                                             nately I met with Min Htike and Ma Mo        SMART,FCTOT(3)
                                             and Magret again. We had spoken a lot        Tintzawhein@gmail.com
                                             about our memorable events that were
                                             happened at FCTOT (3).Min Htike and I
                                             were wishing to meet again and to sing

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                       Step Up, Step Back
                                                                    A     fter FCTOT, I came to know about Step up
                                                                          and Step Back. That really makes me to reflect
                                                                    my manner. Every activity and discussion in CDCE
                                                                    (Community Development & Civic Empowerment),
                                                                    I tried using step up and step back equally. But here
                                                                    I mostly use step back because when I see everyone
                                                                    is stepping up heheeeeeeeee;D I’m automatically
                                                                    stepping back and back and back and almost out
                                                                    of the discussion and room and even feel lonely;
                                                                    ( ahhhhhhhhhhhh;P
                                                                            But who knows, I got such kinds of listen-
                                                                    ing skill and observation skill by stepping back that
                                                                    I need to improve in my life from CDCE Chiang
                                                                    Mai..........;)))))
Community Development & Civic Empowerment Program
Chiang Mai, Thailand                                                By Miss Nwe Nilar (FCTOT 3)

Plan like Hell;                                        Dear Alumni….
                                                       We really appreciate those who
                                                       contribute articles, read newslet-
                                                       ter, and give feedback to be bet-
                                                       ter newsletter. To keep and            For the senior and Junior alike
It     was the time that I had already finished
       FCTOT Batch 3. I was very enthusiastic in
application of my lesson learned at FCTOT. It
                                                       touch alumni, join FCTOT
                                                       Alumni facebook page and con-
                                                                                            It will never avoid you to delight
                                                                                               Have a problem in your life
was almost the right time for me to provide            tribute articles, poem, experi-
                                                       ences, activities related with our
                                                                                                Get a help of how to fight
health education on hand washing in my mobile                                                      Venture in the nature
clinics and donation services at Than-Lyin, Yan-       newsletter’s trend. For next TOT
gon. I was very delight and I prepared my training     & FCTOT Newsletter Volume 2,          To find the treasure of pleasure
design according to the participants                   Issue 1, please send articles be-        Want to light your nights?
(approximately 30 numbers of sixth standard            fore December 20, 2011.                   Then you should like it
students) in monastic school. Although I excited                 Newsletter Team
(positively) for this Health education but I was                                                                  John DJ
confidence at that time.
           When I arrived the classroom, I excited
again (negatively) to my participants who were
                                                            F
about 9 years old and more than 60 participants
waited for my session. I coped my stress with my            C
previous experiences. I started according to my
training design and I observed I couldn’t control           T
them due to their young age. Do you know how
I solve this problem?
           At that time I recalled the phrase ‘Plan         O
like Hell; Go with the flow’.
           I was unsuccessful in evaluation criteria        T
on 5 portions ( For Certificate…..). I felt a bit
depression but I relieved my stress. In eventually,
I could face this challenge.                            Batch 4
                                    By Min Htike
TOT & FCTOT
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TOT&FCTOT Newsletter (vol 1, issue 2)

  • 1. THE AMERICAN CENTER TOT & FCTOT ALUMNI RANGOON, BURMA SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST: TOT & FCTOT NEWSLETTER V O L U ME 1 , I S S UE 2 O CT O BE R 3 1 , 2 0 1 1 ...This is really special Training for change • for the people who are really interested in the welfare and develop- ment of our community. FCTOT encourages community leaders to embrace collaborative approaches Because this course can to bring change for Myanmar society change us to become a new person like an Sai Aung Thein (TOT 2) agent who can lead the DESPITE being a dentist and future civil society... working as a health worker in • ...It was so pleased non-governmental organiza- gathering with my tions, Nang Nu Nu Yee, a friends, trainers and reproductive health coordina- alumni ... tor, never thought she would become a confident trainer • ...I’m automatically mastering in training designs stepping back and back after attending a seven-week and back ... course. “I’ve learnt lots of lessons • ….In eventually, I could from the course including face this challenge... how to create the training 2011 after being introduced by Her teacher’s suggestion design which is really impor- her teacher who thought she turned out to be true, and she tant for trainers,” says Ms might get lots of knowledge. found the course changed her Yee, the coordinator of Karen ways of conducting trainings. INSIDE THIS Women Action Group, adding Even though she had some ISSUE: that she also learnt some key “FCTOT is totally experience attending other TOT & 3 components such as experien- different from other trainings before, she says, tial learning cycle, adult what she expected as a trainee FCTOT learning characters, giving trainings I used to do. was that they could get all and receiving sandwich feed- It is not spoon things from trainers. But what BUBBLE 3 back, and trainer’s behaviors. feeding, but it she had learned from FCTOT AND WAVE Ms Yee, a Pao ethnic from demands all effort of was that she could use the Taunggyi, attended the experience from participants Missing 3 the participants.” Nang FCTOT, Foundational Cycle and let them find the way to Alumni Nu Nu Yee, FCTOT 4 Training of Trainers, in July solve problems by them- Step Up, 4 selves. Design: Jimmy Rezar Boi “FCTOT is totally different Step Back from other trainings I used to Reading 4 do. It is not spoon feeding, but it demands all effort of the Plan like Hell; 4 participants,” she says. Go with the FCTOT is a training pro- gram established in 2010 with flow the aim of training local ex- Dear Alumni 4 perts of diverse backgrounds to be effective community leaders and building networks TOT/FCTOT Alumni and participants gathering at graduation of highly trained community ceremony of FCTOT batch 4. leaders. Limited Circulation
  • 2. PAGE 2 Continue from Training for Change….. “I hope that one benefit that comes edge, says Dim Sian Nem, FCTOT’s from the FCTOT program is that there associate training specialist. are more community leaders using “I think this program will bring experiential, participatory, collabora- more collaborative practices and pro- tive, and inclusive approaches to the mote inclusions among diverse indi- work that they do,” says Mr David viduals and communities,” Ms Nem Root, the founder of FCTOT. says. FCTOT was changed from TOT, This is also true for Ms Yee who Training of Trainers, pilot programs also says that FCTOT is very effective that were being conducted outside of and steered her to become a powerful the programming of the American community worker for her society. Center’s work in 2008. According to She felt she was equipped with the Mr Root, they saw the success and essential skills and techniques which value of TOT so that they worked to enable her to facilitate the commu- incorporate it fully into the program- nity very well in order to empower ming of the American Center’s work. the capacity of Myanmar society. During 2008 and 2009, Mr Root, “This is really special for the people with his two colleagues who started Participants are participating in group who are really interested in the welfare TOT, took a long look at the course work of experiential learning cycle and development of our community. and after some deep reflections, they Because this course can change us to decided that the three month approach training is to create change, then they become a new person like an agent that they had used for TOT was a bit ideally want individuals who have who can lead the future civil society,” too heavy and that the course would demonstrated change efforts in their she says. be more effective if it was broken up communities already and who are po- While there are many benefits into three different “cycles”, a Foun- sitioned to continue brining change to FCTOT providing to its participants dational, Intermediate, and Advanced. their work and communities. and Myanmar society, there are also But unfortunately, after running the According to Mr Root, participants some challenges in delivering it, Mr program in 2010, it was decided that of the program would conduct an ef- Root says. only the first Foundational Cycle fective, objective-oriented, participa- “The largest challenge faced in de- would receive funding and be deliv- tory and experiential-based training livering this training is balancing the ered, he says. After the fouth batch of session. They would also create a time required to effectively bring FCTOT, the program has benefited learning environment and community change to an individual, or group, with around 75 participants combining that embraces and promotes diversity, the busy lives of our targeted benefici- with TOT and ultimately resulted in collaborative learning, self-discovery, aries,” he says. many good trainers who are working and reflective thought, he adds. Mr Root adds that his challenge with in different fields and benefiting Mr Root says that he has already Myanmar participants lies in his in- their communities. seen multiple collaborations between ability to speak a local language in Mr Root, who has been teaching and individual alumni who have been which to deliver the trainings. training in Myanmar for four years, working on projects that have em- With batches of trainers fully trained says they are looking for current or braced the principles of inclusion and and well-equipped, Mr Root is already emergent community leaders in the field collaboration. formulating the next step. FCTOT is of community development and civil Although the concept of collabora- developing a completely local training society. tion and inclusion is familiar among force that will be able to deliver the “We ideally target individuals Myanmar people, the rate of using course in a local language in order to who are engaged in bringing change them is still very low and a lot of create more sustainability and reach to their communities, who are con- trainings are more top-down that the for their program. nected, and who are committed to trainer is always the source of infor- “Over the next year that will be one continuing their work in Myanmar,” mation without acknowledging or of our main objectives,” he says. he says, adding that if the purpose of including the participants knowl- TOT & FCTOT Limited Circulation
  • 3. VOLUME 1, ISSUE 2 PAGE 3 “BUBBLE AND WAVE” TOT and FCTOT Air and water marry and mix Teaching opens the window to the world. Outcome a bubble there it exists; Organizing teachers accumulates a force to Grow big and big, it colors make a better world. Green, red blue…the spectrum flowers Training of trainers, the program we love Then blows the breeze it disappears. all! Open sea vast in the water Foundational Cycle Training of Trainers, High booms up the crest the boasted Enhance skills of teachers, no exceptions Sounds of whisper and roar its varied calls to those of community leaders. Almighty the waves rise and fall. Core elements for community development, From the cradle to the grave Discussed and shared by achievers. A life of a human subsists, Like a bubble Theories, techniques, and methods Like a wave Acquired and practiced together by learn- There appears and comes vanished. ers. MY DEATH IS ETERNAL (igaoNcif;oñf jrJ) Outstanding trainers contribute knowledge MY LIFE IS MORTAL (igtoufoñf rjrJ) and experience How ‘beautiful’ or ‘powerful’ it ever would be To their juniors and future leaders. In a moment a blink … a flash … Training of trainers, the program to be A swell of water rises and breaks joined by all! As life lasts, is unpredicted. Thu Zar Thwin The essence of being a humane lies (TOT 1st batch) How survives beneficial to one’s environ_ The genuine beauty and power of REPUTATION never dies. Green (TOT October 2008) MISSING I…….. . ALUMN There was so heavy raining day in 28th songs altogether when Ma Wai and September. But, I was going to Total Ma Nwe come back from Thailand. Learning Academy to meet my friends Unfortunately, I could not meet and trainers. I was so nervous that it Jimmy, John, Aungzubu and Ma Kyi. was not sure to meet my friends at To- I totally believe that we can meet tal. In reality, I met two of my lovely coming days to share experiences. sisters –one is Ma Stella and another That is why, I am counting the days one is Magret. It was so pleased gather- and times that we are going to ing with my friends, trainers and alumni gather in the future. at that day. At the graduation day, fortu- nately I met with Min Htike and Ma Mo SMART,FCTOT(3) and Magret again. We had spoken a lot Tintzawhein@gmail.com about our memorable events that were happened at FCTOT (3).Min Htike and I were wishing to meet again and to sing TOT & FCTOT Limited Circulation
  • 4. PAGE 4 VOLUME 1, ISSUE 2 Step Up, Step Back A fter FCTOT, I came to know about Step up and Step Back. That really makes me to reflect my manner. Every activity and discussion in CDCE (Community Development & Civic Empowerment), I tried using step up and step back equally. But here I mostly use step back because when I see everyone is stepping up heheeeeeeeee;D I’m automatically stepping back and back and back and almost out of the discussion and room and even feel lonely; ( ahhhhhhhhhhhh;P But who knows, I got such kinds of listen- ing skill and observation skill by stepping back that I need to improve in my life from CDCE Chiang Mai..........;))))) Community Development & Civic Empowerment Program Chiang Mai, Thailand By Miss Nwe Nilar (FCTOT 3) Plan like Hell; Dear Alumni…. We really appreciate those who contribute articles, read newslet- ter, and give feedback to be bet- ter newsletter. To keep and For the senior and Junior alike It was the time that I had already finished FCTOT Batch 3. I was very enthusiastic in application of my lesson learned at FCTOT. It touch alumni, join FCTOT Alumni facebook page and con- It will never avoid you to delight Have a problem in your life was almost the right time for me to provide tribute articles, poem, experi- ences, activities related with our Get a help of how to fight health education on hand washing in my mobile Venture in the nature clinics and donation services at Than-Lyin, Yan- newsletter’s trend. For next TOT gon. I was very delight and I prepared my training & FCTOT Newsletter Volume 2, To find the treasure of pleasure design according to the participants Issue 1, please send articles be- Want to light your nights? (approximately 30 numbers of sixth standard fore December 20, 2011. Then you should like it students) in monastic school. Although I excited Newsletter Team (positively) for this Health education but I was John DJ confidence at that time. When I arrived the classroom, I excited again (negatively) to my participants who were F about 9 years old and more than 60 participants waited for my session. I coped my stress with my C previous experiences. I started according to my training design and I observed I couldn’t control T them due to their young age. Do you know how I solve this problem? At that time I recalled the phrase ‘Plan O like Hell; Go with the flow’. I was unsuccessful in evaluation criteria T on 5 portions ( For Certificate…..). I felt a bit depression but I relieved my stress. In eventually, I could face this challenge. Batch 4 By Min Htike TOT & FCTOT Limited Circulation