Before I write my stories, I will like to congratulate all Christian allies of the SELL Programme on occasion of Easter which they celebrated recently.
We condole our allies in Nigeria specifically those in Jos and Kaduna where there was bomb explosion during the Easter celebrations. I condole too with the people of Yobe and Borno states, Nigeria on the Boko Haram terrorist attack that hit these areas recently. If you wish to read more on the latter see ‘The Daily SUN Newspaper – Tuesday, April 10, 2012 vol. 6 NO.2343’. These four areas I have mentioned are the areas were we work and the challenge now is that in most of these places, it is always very difficult to gather young people and run the SELL programme with them because of the security problems.
Back to my sweet stories, the first is that the annual Refresher and Reflection of the SELL programme organised by the SELL Foundation for all its members (Facilitator Trainees, a representation from the Board of Trustee and SELL Resource Team) was successful. The refresher which took place in Jalingo, Taraba State of Nigeria, on the 12th -14th April 2012, was organised to help participants reflect on their experiences in facilitating the SELL Programme, to share information and receive updates about the SELL Programme. It was also a time to re - strategizes on how to bring the programme better to Young Adults.
In all, about 36 persons were in attendance at the refresher. This comprises of four facilitators and thirty two participants. The participants were drawn from all the SELL Area Team of Facilitators in the States of the North Eastern Nigeria and also the SELL Team from Plateau State, Nigeria. Other Area Teams from Minna and Abuja were also at the refresher, two persons also came from Port Harcourt.
During the refresher and reflection, participants were happy to meet each other and especially that they have not seen each other for a long time. We began the refresher with a process to help relax and bond the group. Other sessions were on creative facilitation, different kinds of intelligence and learning styles. A forum was created for the group to share their experiences on their reality of delivering the SELL Programme, using the Programme’s Manual and the experience of working with Young People that they share the Programme with in their communities.
New insights emerged and ideas where shared on how to deliver the programme better. A tool called the ‘solution tree’ (designed from the concept of the problem tree) was used to help each Area Team plan for the future of the SELL Programme in their Area. The fruits of the tree were used to describe the anticipated impact and outcome of the SELL Programme in their Areas, while the roots represented the factors that encourage and support the sharing of the Programme with young people in their communities. Each Area Team then went on to work on their solution tree and shared it with everyone present at the refresher. All found the exercise very helpful and some said the ideas generated from the solution tree will help them to contribute their quota towards the development of young adults in their Areas.
The challenge and constraint at the refresher was time. We only worked for two full days and one evening which was the arrival evening. We left Jalingo in the morning of 15th April, 2012.
My second interesting story which is also my last story for this week is about the Local Training of facilitators of the SELL Programme in Bauchi.
As at the time of writing this update, the training of Facilitators was already in Progress. The training is at the Youth Formation Centre, Bauchi. This training is for new selected Young persons from Gombe and Bauchi States, Nigeria. The new set of Facilitator Trainees are going to receive six trainings to be able to complete the units of the Programme unlike the previous Facilitator trainings that is normally done in nine days exploring two units of the SELL Programme. Only one unit is going to be explored in each of these trainings. In this training in Bauchi, it is the Self Awareness (Personal Growth) unit that is being explored.
So far, participants have arrived and the training is in progress. Like we have experienced, every group is unique. The uniqueness of this group is that they are very engaging and enthusiastic. All of them are up for the business, I feel happy about this because young adult are using their energy towards positive activities especially that they are receiving this training and afterwards, use the skills acquired to empower other Young Adults in their communities. By next week, I shall bring the details of this training to you. For now, have a nice weekend.
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