The two- Week Course is attended by 24 military, police and civilian officers from Rwanda and Uganda.
The Course seeks to advance participants’ ‘knowledge and understanding of the conduct of Civil-Military Operations (CIMIC) to support stabilisation activity in African Union and the United Nations Peace Support operations.
In his remarks while opening the training, the RPA Director, Col Jill Rutaremara said Civil Military cooperation is prerequisite for attaining stabilisation in Peace Support Operations.
“Although military operations are crucial for early stabilisation, military tasks alone are not sufficient. Coordination and cooperation between the military and civil actors including the population, local authorities, non-governmental organisations and agencies in support of the mission is very crucial” he said.
He further underlined that effective CIMIC in support of mission can only be realised if peacekeepers observe and uphold human rights.
“Peacekeepers must demonstrate the highest standards of ethical and professional behaviour. A clear understanding of issues such as Sex and Gender Based Violence, Law of Armed Conflict and the UN Code of Conducts is crucial in the conduct of disciplined operations” he said.
The course is supported bythe Government of the United Kingdom (UK) through British Peace Support Team, Africa.
The Course Director David Higgins said the training is important especially for officials in charge of CIMIC in peace support operations.
“As current and future CIMIC personnel, you have a personal opportunity to make difference to the people and communities in the areas in which you serve and to the fulfilment of your mandate,” he said, adding that the training is equipping them with techniques of CIMIC to support their commanders in the pursuit of their military mission.
He promised UK continued partnership especially in Peace Support capacity building efforts in Eastern African region.
The participants expressed expectations to gain knowledge, experience and develop good cooperation in their future assignments in peacekeeping missions and reinforce skills in their role of protecting vulnerable people such as women and children during conflicts.
Organised by Rwanda Peace Academy and the British Support Team, the course will run until 19th January 2018