The training in Kumasi on the 9th – 18th of December was the second in a series of the proposed four trainings of facilitators of the SELL Programme for Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Jonathan, one of the facilitators from the SELL Resource Team, gave this report on the training; this year it was hosted at the Institute of Catechises and Rural Development (ICARD), and participants from two communities in Kumasi town took part in the training. They are the New Tafo and Adukrom Communities.
The training was facilitated by Mary, James, Leo and Jonathan. The units of the programme that the participants were trained on were the Spirituality and Peace-Building Units. Though about 24 participants were initially expected to take part in the training, they all could not make it due to the fact that schools in Ghana were still in session at the time of the training. As most of them are teachers, they could not leave their teaching posts to come. We were however in touch with them and hope that they will be able to take part in the next training.
Highlightsof the training were the Prayer service in honour of our Ancestors in the Spirituality Unit and the Anger Management Session in the Peace Building Unit. The participants also experienced the use of the Problem Tree as a tool of analysis of conflicts and exploration of our spiritual history. It was a fulfilling experience for the participants.
Looking at the level of commitment showed by the participants, we are very confident that the SELL programme has come to stay in Kumasi Ghana. After the Training, they committed to running at least four workshops in their respective areas before the next training. They will also be meeting as the Kumasi SELL Team once every month to review their progress and make future plan. We pray and hope that this spirit will continue in them and the resource team promise to support them anyway we can.
The next training has been scheduled for August next year and new contacts has been made with some groups in Kumasi, we will bring you details of this later.
We thank the Irish People, who have supported this training through support from the Irish Embassy. We are also grateful to Augustine and Valentine both members of the Society for Africa Mission, who have been the local coordinators and hosts of the SELL Programme in Kumasi.
We will keep you updated on the programmes there as they run it.
From the SELL Family, we say have a blessed yuletide season and an awesome New Year, until next week.
Communication Desk, SELL.