Curriculum & Training

HITT Mali has developed three training models for its work in providing market-led vocational training to informal workers in the tourist industry. Below are summaries of the content of each of the three of these models. For more information on the type of beneficiaries who will take these models and the benefits they will reap, please refer to the ‘HITT in Mali’ page.

The Valorisation of Malian Traditional Dishes training takes place in thirty hours over six half-days. One day is classroom based, while the other five are conducted on-site. Professional cooks with over twenty years of experience enact training in ten modules: six are related to the preparation of specific dishes and beverages; these are followed by shorter modules in hygiene & security, preservation techniques, customer approach, and job approach.

The Waste Recuperation and Valorisation training is adapted both for waste collectors and for waste managers. Collectors take a six hour course, while managers take an eighteen hour course over three days. The training, conducted by experienced waste managers, consists of two and a half days classroom based, and a half day field visit. Two themes are covered: ‘Introducing the Waste recuperation and Valorisation’ and ‘Optimisation of the Waste Management’. The former includes modules on waste recuperation and waste sales, while the latter includes modules on team management and sales techniques.

The English for touristic workers training lasts sixty hours in total, and is taken by a range of workers, including waiters, managers, taxi drivers and receptionists, but mostly guides and future guides. Ten modules are covered: the first two focus on communication and english skills, the third gives an overview of tourism, the fourth is concerned with airport services, while the fifth addresses the subjects of accommodation and catering. The sixth module is concerned with business communications, and the seventh is a topic-based discussion session. The eighth and ninth modules cover guiding and tourism marketing, while students give presentations in the tenth and final module. This training is comprehensive, wide-ranging, and entirely classroom based. HITT learning techniques such as games, exercises and discussions, are used to keep the class motivated and the content memorable.