AIRCOP successfully launches e-learning activities during the COVID-19 pandemic

25-06-2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, AIRCOP is strengthening its e-learning activities in Africa, through webinars, in coordination with the UNODC e-learning platform. 

From 10 to 12 June, AIRCOP organized a module for heads of its Joint Airport Interdiction Task Forces (JAITFs) on how to better manage the task forces and ensure the full respect of deontological and ethical rules. From 16 to 18 June, 28 trainees from the JAITFs of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon (both Douala and Yaoundé), Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau Niger, Senegal and Togo benefitted from a module on risk analysis and targeting of suspicious passengers based on the analysis of air passenger data (specifically, PNR), with trainers from the French and Malian customs. In addition,  to strengthen sub-regional cooperation and the exchange of good practices the head of the Customs Targeting Unit of Guinea Conakry (who is not an AIRCOP beneficiary country) presented his unit.

  
 

These two first eLearning and capacity building modules were very successful, and participants demonstrated interest in this shift from in-person to online training and used the tools offered by the platform to share their experiences and questions, as their feedback demonstrates: “Online training will now be an effective additional technical cooperation tool for building the capacities and knowledge of JAITF officers: the implementation of lessons learned was immediate.”

Other courses are planned for June and July for all African JAITFs on all types of threats impacting airports, in order to keep their operational capacities up-to-speed.

For the French-speaking JAITFs, e-learning webinars will focus on the control of postal and express mail, wildlife crime, the fight against drug trafficking by air, cash smuggling and fraudulent documents, with the support of Customs experts from Burkina Faso, Niger, France and Belgium as well as experts from the French Police and EUCAP Sahel-Niger. Additional online training on ethics and integrity are planned with CRIMJUST, this time at the national level, specifically for the JAITFs of Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea Bissau and Cabo Verde.

In July, the heads of JAITFs in Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja), Ghana (Accra) and Gambia (Banjul) will also benefit from the module on management and ethics rules with the support of the UNODC CRIMJUST project. AIRCOP is currently studying alongside CRIMJUST the establishment of national online training on ethics for the benefit of CAAT agents from Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, and Cabo Verde.

This new kind of virtual support provided by AIRCOP to the JAITFs will not replace the field support through the usual on-site mentoring, training, regional workshops and other good practice exchanges between JAITFs, but must be regarded as an added value, giving also to the participants the possibility of permanent access afterward to the live recorded sessions.

The implementation of this e-learning programme was also an opportunity for AIRCOP to further expand its network of African experts, as part of the South-South security cooperation it has aimed to develop over the years.

AIRCOP is now considering how to provide all JAITFs with access to these technologies, including a stable Internet connection so that all these units can benefit fully from this new form of technical assistance as part of a continuous training program and exchange of good practices.

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