Laura Overton: “Each year the topics and speakers vary, but they are always interesting and informative. I still recall the session presented by Atish Gonsalves, Director at NGO DisasterReady.org titled, – Are you disaster-ready? Effective online training for humanitarian aid workers” in 2014. For me, this session was a real highlight. He explained how, despite the constraints of budget, technology and resources, you can create life-changing programs on a global scale. It was truly inspirational.” (Towards Maturity published a case study on the program here).
During his session, Gonsalves gave a deeper insight into how e-learning through the DisasterReady.org portal, is changing the world for the better. The Flagship project of Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation in partnership with the humanitarian sector and e-learning industry, is working together to successfully deliver training to humanitarian workers across the globe. The training portal allows users to access vital information which prepares them for natural disasters and conflicts arising on the job.
The portal has modernized the approach of face-to-face learning and is able to deliver resources to a range of users, regardless of their aid organization affiliations. ”Disaster response needs workers who have technical and soft skills, are emotionally well prepared and responsive to situations they find. It is important that workers have the means to share, seek advice and support one another regardless of their affiliations,” says Gonsalves.