Reinforcing Adult Learning Methodology at LIPA

October 10, 2012


To enhance the effectiveness of its trainers to design and deliver courses to GOL civil servants and others using modern adult learning methodology, the Liberia Institute of public administration (LIPA) requested USAID-GEMS to conduct a series of sessions for the LIPA staff and external trainers.


The idea for these interventions came from working sessions held between LIPA training staff and USAID-GEMS advisors to analyze LIPA’s capacity in course design and delivery to implement the findings of the Capacity Development Needs Assessment conducted by USAID-GEMS in May and June of 2012. The assessment identified the priority performance needs at five USAID-GEMS-supported ministries, agencies and commissions (MACs) that could be addressed by LIPA training courses.


The assessment revealed that LIPA could deliver critical training in areas such as Performance Management, Professional and Administrative Skills, Human Resource Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Procurement, Training/Training of Trainers (TOT), Project Management, Communications and Report Writing, General IT Skills, Financial Management, Research Analysis, Customer Service, Gender Awareness, and Asset Management, as well as specialized training programs for select MACs.


USAID-GEMS first delivered a workshop in Adult Learning approaches with 3 sets of LIPA trainers: Human Resources, Procurement, and Monitoring and Evaluation.  The 2-day workshop (Oct. 3-4) focused on adult learning techniques and how LIPA trainers could adopt their training programs to reflect the principles and best practices of adult learning – a methodology based on the fact that adults learn best by doing, not by listening and discussing.  Subsequently USAID-GEMS organized and delivered a 3-day TOT (Oct. 8-10) covering a range of intermediate

training techniques for a full complement (24-26) of LIPA staff and consultant trainers. LIPA Director General, Professor Harold Monger, opened the TOT session strongly endorsing LIPA’s adoption of adult learning principles and practices for all its courses.  


Outcomes of the two workshops were a core set of LIPA trainers fluent in adult learning techniques who will be adopting their future courses accordingly, and all LIPA staff have gone through a TOT, understand adult learning principles, can recognize and articulate modern facilitation techniques to enhance adult learning, and have reviewed and agreed to ways to improve LIPA course offerings and training plans.


USAID-GEMS is providing continued technical assistance to LIPA to support capacity development for performance improvement in LIPA’s delivery of quality training, research, consulting and library services.

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