Immediately following LL1 in November 2015, there was a mentoring and coaching phase between Change Makers facilitators and the LL1 participants, ensuring guidance and professional development as the new C4D facilitators began using their knowledge and skills from LL1. During this interim phase, UNICEF determined further capacity development was required to reinforce the learning from LL1. A request was made to for a second follow-up C4D Learning Lab aimed at reinforcing and deepening the learning of the ToT team from LL1, while also adding new knowledge and skills to this dynamic young team in the areas of interpersonal communication and the ACADA Strategic Communication Planning Cycle. To that end, from 14-22 April 2016, Learning Lab 2 was held for 24 participants from LL1.
Six out of the 24 participants volunteered to be part of the LL2 'Advance Team', which met from 14-17 of April, first in Nairobi for two days, then at the venue for another two days, preparing all the session support materials, setting up the venue for a Sunday evening kick-off session, and familiarizing themselves with the overall session content, which they were then responsible for co-facilitating with back-up support from the lead Change Makers facilitators. In this way, LL2 set up a core team of future C4D Learning Lab Team Leaders, with three participants in the Team Leader Advance Team, and 3 in the Learning Lab Organization and Preparation Team. This also set the stage for the participants to begin to take over the management of, and facilitation of a Learning Lab with completely new content, thus deepening their skills even further than coming out of LL1.
The purpose of this learning lab event was to strengthen the capacity of Kenya’s new national C4D Facilitation Team around the areas of strategic communication planning using the ACADA Planning Cycle, thus improving the team’s overall interpersonal communication (IPC) knowledge and skills to better enhance their ongoing capacity development efforts around C4D at all levels and in various sectors. And as with LL1, this learning event utilized a creative blended learning process, with materials presented in active, participatory methods and modalities to enhance learning potential, as well as to infuse rights-based approaches throughout the learning event. This philosophy and approach provided the ability to stream seamless human rights-based approaches from HQ to country teams to partners to stakeholders. All methods utilized in the learning labs were methods that participants can adapt in their own work with little to no additional training.