BICC's Training and Education on Small Arms (TRESA) project aims to develop tools, modules
and courses for training and education on the control of small arms and light weapons. TRESA
does not plan to engage in training and education on a wide scale. Its role is to compile and
design training tools, modules and courses.Of course, TRESA will need to test these products,
which it will do on its own and with partners from time to time.
In the TRESA approach,
- Tools are reports, stories, films,
games, software programs and other resources that can serve as teaching aids.
They consist of published handbooks and manuals, and a sample of
forms intended to help communities, NGOs and government agencies in a variety
of ways relating to SALW-control. Many of these tools are incorporated into TRESA
modules, or into the modules of our partners. Many of them are freely available
by contacting the authors or publishers.
- Modules are generic lessons on a specific
subject to be included as building blocks in training courses. They are the building
blocks of training courses. They are conceived of as stand-alone elements that include
all the material for training, the didactics, and the various tools needed for
- Courses are packages of modules assembled
and modified to suit the needs of a particular group of trainees. A course is an actual
event where tailored modules and tools are used to train a specific concrete audience.
On this site you will find information about TRESA courses, where and for whom they were
executed, and some of the lessons we have learned from these events. We encourage our
partner organizations to post information on their own courses here as well.
Tools and modules are generic, whereas courses are specific. That means that tools and modules
can be modified and assembled rapidly to be taught in a coherent course for a wide variety of
audiences in different circumstances and times, without losing basic coherence and validity.