Training Curriculum for Central Africa

Experts from the United Nations and civil society and senior armed forces officers from Central Africa have developed a curriculum to control small arms. The curriculum, designed to train armed and security personnel from member States of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), has five modules that include practical disarmament measures; disarmament, demobilization and reintegration; national and transborder control; weapons collection and destruction and management of stocks; and the role of modern technology. West Africa and the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa have already developed curricula for their subregions.

The curriculum was developed at a workshop organized by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) with the participation of the ECCAS Secretariat and assistance from the Government of Japan. In September 2003, UNREC will offer a pilot course in Yaoundé in collaboration with the International Relations Institute of Cameroon.

For further information on the curriculum, see www.unrec.org.