POTI conducted a six-month research project on the ELAP (E-Learning for African Peacekeepers) programme by running focus groups, conducting interviews, and administering surveys. The individuals queried were current peacekeepers, supervisors’ of peacekeepers, people involved in the delivery of peacekeeping training at national peacekeeping training centres, and Training Focal Points/Chief Civilian Personal Officers (TFPs/CCPOs) at United Nations peacekeeping missions. The key findings from this research on ELAP are as follows:
70.8% of ELAP students are currently serving on a peacekeeping mission, 12% have previously served on a mission, and 27.7% hope to serve on a mission in the future.
For thousands of African peacekeepers ELAP provides the principal training on peacekeeping that is received before being deployed on a PSO. 44.6% of the ELAP graduates, who have served on a peacekeeping mission within six months of completing their courses with POTI, indicated that they had never attended a classroom training course at a national peacekeeping training centre.
97% of ELAP students, 89% of the peacekeeping training providers at the national peacekeeping training centres, and 73.9% of the TFPs/CCPOs say that POTI’s courses offer peacekeepers practical knowledge to better perform their jobs.