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  Issue 12 – October 2003
 

Editorial

Co-operation and communication are central to PEP’s aims. The Project’s existence is based on a perceived need for developing language and testing systems that enable MODs to work together with forces from other countries using English. This need for teamwork and language interoperability is most obvious when troops are on active service. For example, there are potentially serious linguistic challenges facing the Polish-led division currently in Iraq – the first time since the country’s NATO accession that it has led a multinational mission.

The article on this page outlines how PEP has anticipated these needs and helped Poland and other NATO and Partnership for Peace nations to create the framework for English interoperability. David Pardoe, PEP Manager, Ukraine, illustrates how PEP is prepared to work with specific individuals at the highest level in order for troops and teams to be successful.

Teamwork extends beyond borders. Walter Nowlan, David Pardoe and Ludmila Dmitrienko from PEP Ukraine describe the long-standing co-operation between Poland and Ukraine, an example of which is the Ukrainian–Polish Peacekeeping Battalion. Robert Buckmaster, Teacher Trainer, PEP Estonia, develops a similar theme on cross-border co-operation between teachers involved in training police and border guards.

Some countries involved in PEP have begun to shape their systems. Nick Fletcher, PEP Manager, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, reports on how the MERP initiative has begun to demonstrate positive change. However, English language training has to start somewhere. Matt O’Rourke, PEP Adviser, Armenia, describes how the Project is moving into a new stage.

This issue is rounded off by James Sutherland-Smith, PEP Manager, Serbia and Montenegro, who suggests how PEP might communicate using the latest technology.

Hamish McIlwraith, PEP Manager, Bulgaria hamish.mcilwraith@britishcouncil.bg

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