Building Integrity (BI) UK returned to Colombia for the fourth time in support of the Colombian Ministry of Defence.
Three significant capacity building events were delivered in the capital Bogota and the coastal town of Santa Marta, famous across the region as the place where Simon Bolivar, the Liberator of South America died.
In the capital a Building Integrity seminar was delivered to Very Senior Leaders in the Ministry of Defence at ministerial and advisers level before the BI UK team moved to Santa Marta to deliver a Building Integrity Principles for Presenters (BIPP) course which aims to develop the skills and understanding of previous attendees of BI UK courses to be able to present Building Integrity modules in their own organisations. This was attended by 12 alumni of BI UK from all three services and the Police involving not only detailed sessions on the construction of the curriculum but also teaching skills in line with the UK Professional Standards Framework for Higher Education.
The visit to Colombia was then completed with the delivery of a Building Integrity for Senior Leaders to members of the Course in Advanced Military Studies Curso de Altos Estudios Militares (CAEM) which was set up for promotion to Brigadier General and Rear Admiral. In addition to Colombian students from all three services the course was also attended by students from Brazil, Mexico and Peru. This was hosted at the Escuela Militar de Cadetes General José María Córdova (José María Córdova Military School, ESMIC) which was established in 1907 and is the equivalent of West Point for the Colombian Army. As might be expected CAEM is always a challenging but rewarding audience.
Whilst delivering the course the team’s media skills were tested with an interview on Colombia stereo - Emisora del Ejército Nacional (Colombia stereo - National Army Broadcaster) which broadcasts all across the country and is the only station that reaches some of the most remote parts of the country and into Venezuela and Brazil. The interview was conducted alongside Dr Orlando Vegas the lead in the Colombian Ministry of Defence for transparency and Building Integrity and a previous attendee on our course at Shrivenham.