From October 21-25, the School of Librarians, Archivists, and Documentalists (EBAD) of Dakar will host a French-language training session for teachers and instructors in archival studies. The latter is offered as part of the Digital Document Preservation Programme (DCDP) initiated by the Africa Programme of the International Council on Archives. The English version of this training session took place in August 2019 in Botswana.

This session was set up by Dr. Makhlouf Shabou of the Haute école de gestion in Geneva, Switzerland, following the success of the training course, Preservation of Digital Business Records for Professionals, held in Yaoundé from November 29-30, 2018, by the International Council on Archives as part of the Africa Programme, which, as a reminder, aims to support the development of business records management capacity and the needs of archivists and business records managers.

These courses are intended for French-speaking African teachers and/or trainers at the beginning of or early in their career (first five years) and working in a school or institution with an archival education or training programme. The objectives are to provide participants with up-to-date documentation to include in a digital record preservation program and a body of references and resources, as well as a portfolio of lesson plans, teaching ideas, and strategies to facilitate practical exercises, in addition to expert advice from trainers on teaching techniques and a network of fellow archival educators.

In exchange, participants undertake to transmit the knowledge acquired by developing a curriculum or modifying an existing one at their institution and by offering a training session at their country’s National Archives.