West Africa - Sahel

Towards the self-training of the Malian army

Pedagogical restitution by a Malian trainee (Credits: EUTM Mali)
Pedagogical restitution by a Malian trainee (Credits: EUTM Mali)

(BRUSSELS2) The European training mission of the Malian army (EUTM Mali) has started a new stage with a pilot training course for Malian officers and non-commissioned officers. Important step towards self-training for Malian forces and autonomy in securing the territory. On January 4, 2014, the 13 selected Malian officers and non-commissioned officers completed the first part of their training. The Malian soldiers, supervised by European trainers, had to plan and conduct four different workshops: evacuating an accident under enemy fire, carrying out a reconnaissance mission, setting up an observation post and patrolling in an area potentially containing homemade devices or IEDs (improvised explosive devices).

A novelty 

This is the 1er course of this type provided by the EUTM mission. The objective is to provide solid educational and technical bases to future trainers of Malian units so that they are able to plan and conduct the training of units up to the level of combined arms tactical groups (GTIA), such as those trained for the moment by the European mission.

Three steps

The “train the trainers” (TTT) pilot course is divided into three phases. The first, lasting three weeks, is dedicated to acquiring the most important knowledge for a soldier as well as how to pass on this know-how. During the second 10-week training period of a GTIA, trainee trainers remain alongside European instructors in order to continue learning pedagogy and training planning. Finally, during the two weeks that the third phase lasts, the trainees are assessed on their theoretical and practical abilities to plan and conduct training.

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Leonor Hubaut

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