COPE e-learning course on Introduction to International Treaties and Standards in Phytosanitary Systems and Pest Risk Analysis from 19th May 2014 to 13th June 2014

COPE together with EAPIC organized the first e-learning course on Introduction to International Treaties and Standards in Phytosanitary Systems and Pest Risk Analysis from 19th May 2014 to 13th June 2014

The East Africa Phytosanitary Information Committee (EAPIC) was formed in Nairobi in April, 2006 during a Pest Risk Assessment (PRA) meeting of regulatory officials from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Zambia, Rwanda & Burundi joined later. The Mission of EAPIC is to serve as a secure electronic repository of national plant pest lists and for sharing official pest information among member countries and international/ affiliated entities thereby increasing food security and international trade. COPE discussed with EAPIC in 2013 the need to introduce e-learning modules to COPE; between May and November 2013 the work has been ongoing in the back ground with EAPIC driving the ICT component of the system and COPE providing the technical content of the modules. In November 2013, the first draft of the system was presented to COPE; and in March 2014 the modules to be tested by NPPOs was presented. COPE sent out invitations for course on 28th April 2014 (international participants) and 9th May 2014 (local participants). 41 Trainees applied for the course from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia and Malawi but only 34 were registered. There were 22 Kenyans; 5 Ugandans; 4 Rwandese; 3 Zambians. The course ran from 19th May to 13th June 2014; trainees were expected to: a) At least clock one hour daily for the 16 days of the course i.e. 80 % of the 20 days; b) Do the continuous assessment test (CAT) on 30th May 2014 from 9.00 to 10.00 am (East African Time) – attain 50 % of the marks; c) Do the exam on 13th June 2014 from 9.00 to 10.00 am (East African Time) –attain 50 % of the marks. d) Complete all exercises given by the tutors. At the end of the course, all participants who met the above requirements were issued with certificates. Certificates were sent through postal services.