GI WACAF attends the closing ceremony of the MOOC on environmental management of offshore oil & gas activities in West Africa - 12 July 2021

July 12th 2021

Launched by the Regional Partnership for the Conservation of the Coastal and Marine Zone (PRCM) in April, the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on environmental management of offshore oil and gas activities ended with a virtual closing ceremony bringing together the first cohort and all the project stakeholders, including the GI WACAF Project, to evaluate this experience and identify future perspectives.

This first certifying training, which was accessible on the PRCM e-learning platform, consisted of 5 modules and 16 sub-modules detailing the typology of oil and gas activities, their environmental impacts, as well as their regulatory frameworks. 700 people from 31 countries and with diverse socio-professional backgrounds (including journalists, students, members of civil society or governmental institutions) have registered on the platform, 67 learners validated the course and downloaded their certificate.

As coordinator of this project, the PRCM team thanked the MAVA Foundation for its financial support, the partners (including the GIDEL Master degree from the Cheick Anta Diop University in Dakar and the GI WACAF Project) for their pedagogical inputs, as well as the technical team for the implementation of the MOOC. The PRCM also extended its congratulations to the learners who completed the MOOC and released a video bringing together the testimonies and feedback from all stakeholders.

Among the next steps, the PRCM team has announced that it is currently working on improving its educational offer, by first getting the MOOC on environmental management of offshore oil and gas activities translated into English and Portuguese, and then by developing other MOOCs (relating to the integrated management of marine and coastal areas or addressing specialized themes) which will be accessible on the PRCM e-learning platform in order to improve training and awareness among regional actors.

For more information, please read the MOOC closing ceremony report (in French).