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The first class of 58 trainees and staff broke new ground in a challenging environment - war torn Somalia. This evaluation comes at the conclusion of the first six month course of study and practical skill development.

There were many lessons learned and the intent of this evaluation is to highlight both the successes and areas needing improvement. The reporting is based on the author's initial assessment in November, 1992 in Mogadishu, a year of program design and proposal development in Somalia (1993- 1994) and on visits to the project as education consultant during operation of the first class. (September 19 - 28, 1995 and February 14- March 10, 1996)