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The importance of self-reflection: EACCES and the mapping system


The importance of self-reflection: EACCES and the mapping system

Through the EACCES initiative, CHRISC Rwanda and CHRISC Tanzania have undergone a mapping process of their coaching training systems. They speak about the process, lessons learned and how others can benefit from EACCES.



Organisations across East Africa are going through self-evaluation to ascertain where their strengths and weaknesses lie as part of the EACCES vision to standardise the quality and content of coaching programmes and qualifications across the region. 



A standardised practice will simplify the coaching training since all East African coaches will depend on the developed curriculum,” CHRISC Tanzania says.

For us the mapping process was a good practice since we viewed it like a mirror whereby you can’t look at yourself and say 'I look good' until you have something or someone (mapping tool) who can make reflections and come with a way forward if you look good or not.

One of the main learning points from the mapping was it helped us start thinking of having a vision for the participants, coaches and the programme itself. We are not there yet but at least we now have a target we have to achieve.

"The mapping process helped us a lot since we were able to evaluate ourselves and know where we come from, where we are and where we are going.” CHRISC Tanzania added, “Therefore we would advise other organisations to undergo the mapping process because to us it has been a helpful tool.

According to CHRISC Rwanda, “the process involved checking on the existing training curriculums, manuals, materials, training and pathways. It also considered the support systems in the organisation, infrastructures and policies in place.

It is important to consider the real situation of the organisation,” CHRISC Rwanda said on the value of self-evaluation, adding that the mapping process could help other organisations develop their understanding of coaching.

Community coaching isn’t only about training the coaches; it is more about the support systems within the organisation, and the development process of the coaches before qualification.


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Heather Elgar


Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 07:30