Article written by: Joseph Paetz,
POTI staff member
Title: The Peace Operations Training Institute’s Peacekeeping Mission
I would like to first thank Beegeagle’s Blog for helping the Peace Operations Training Institute (POTI) spread the word about our mission to provide affordable online training to individuals around the world that are interested in studying subjects related to peacekeeping and humanitarian relief.
POTI is a small charity organization based in the United States, but the majority of the individuals who study our courses come from Africa –specifically from the country of Nigeria. In 2012, over 3,200 Nigerians studied our training.
As a charity, POTI strives to not only create quality courses for our students, but also provide it to students at an affordable cost. We are able to do this from grant donations from various countries around the world and from students who donate to help support peacekeeping. We are able to provide all our courses free of charge to Nigerians who are part of the military, police, and gendarmerie through a program POTI refers to as E-Learning for African Peacekeepers (ELAP). I encourage anyone that is interested in learning more about peacekeeping to visit the ELAP page.
Even students who do not qualify for the ELAP program will still be able to study a few of our courses at no charge. While it has been a few years ago at this point, in July 2010, POTI was visited by a delegation of Nigerian army officials headed by Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, who at the time was the Chief of Army Staff. While they were visiting us at our small office in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, we were able to show them some of the popular tourist sites and discuss in depth how POTI is eager to provide training to Nigeria.