ESDC introduces virtual pre-deployment training (PDT) in response to the corona-virus crisis
In view of the uncertainties currently facing the world as a result of the corona-virus, the ESDC, in close consultation with the CPCC, has decided to develop a virtual version of the monthly PDT course to fulfill its duty of care in the preparation of future mission/operation staff. To adapt the programme to the new format, the course has been extended from four to seven days, the sequence has been reshuffled and some more AKUs (Autonomous Knowledge Units) have been added. The course structure on the ILIAS learning platform has also been reorganised. There is now a folder for each day containing the AKUs, specific preparatory readings, pre-recorded video clips and presentations relevant for the day’s sessions. The first ever virtual PDT course, conducted in cooperation with the Romanian National College of Home Affairs (CNAI), had 33 participants (12 military representatives, 11 civilian experts and 10 police officers) from 18 EU Member States deploying to 13 CSDP missions and operations. Despite a considerable number of technical challenges and the lack of direct contact between participants and lecturers, the virtual PDT course proved a great success. Lessons learnt will be integrated into the upcoming PDT course due to be held from 6 to 14 July 2020 in cooperation with the German Centre for International Peace Operations (ZIF), which will also be conducted virtually.