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Council helps women gain key skills as trainers.

THE British Council hopes that more women in Bahrain will be able to develop their skills and confidence with a new trainers programme.

It follows the licensing of a new Springboard Trainers in Bahrain, taking the overall number of trainers in the Middle East to 75 women.

A group of 25 women from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Yemen and Oman qualified as licensed Springboard trainers at a Train the Trainer Conference held in Bahrain.

The event was led by UK Springboard Consultancy chief executive Jenny Daisley.

This second conference builds on the success of the first one held in July last year in Lebanon, said officials.

Springboard is the only holistic women's self-development programme of its kind in the region and has been tailored to meet the specific needs of women in the Arab world, they added.

In the Middle East the programme is delivered through local partner organisations and participants at this conference from Bahrain Women's Union.

During the week-long licensing conference, participants learned about the self-development programme and its aims, focusing on key skills for trainers to deliver the course effectively.

Participants also heard from the experience of existing Springboard trainers.


Practical exercises gave delegates the opportunity to learn from each other and perfect their training techniques, to ensure that they meet the Springboard Consultancy's high standards for training.

"More than 1,500 women in the Middle East have taken part in the Springboard women's self-development programme and many describe it as being a turning-point in their lives," said Springboard regional programme manager Mariam Daher.

"Our network of licensed trainers is key to guiding participants on the programme, to help the women identify their own individual goals and to give them the confidence to work towards them.

"Many of the participants at this Train the Trainer Conference have themselves already completed the Springboard self-development programme and are now inspired to share its lessons with other women like them."

The new trainers will now be running self-development programmes at the Bahrain Women's Union over the next year.

For further information about upcoming Springboard courses in Bahrain and to register, visit

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Date:Jul 21, 2010
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