We had two groups running the SELL programme concurrently on the 14th -15th September 2012; one was in Taraba State and the other in Gombe State, Nigeria.
The SELL Programme in Taraba State held in Sabon Gida town. Sabon Gida is a small town that is about an hour and half drive from Jalingo town the capital of Taraba State.
The Leadership unit of the SELL Programme was shared with the Young People of Sabon Gida. The unit has as its symbol, a circle inside a triangle.
This symbol communicate different kinds of leadership; the triangle speaks of the hierarchical model of leadership that exists in our world today and the circle inside it speaks of the community model of leadership the SELL Programme is advocating for, where there are no rulers but leaders, a kind of Leadership where respect exist for all individuals, were people are listened to.
These were some of the issues discussed at the interactive forum of the SELL Programme at Sabon Gida. Facilitators that led the discussion were Victor and Freda who are both members of the SELL Team in Jalingo. Jonathan a member of the SELL Resource Team was there to support and mentor Victor and Freda.
According to Jonathan who brought back the report to us, he said there were 31 consistent participants at the Programme. Their participation was very stimulating; it generated very many healthy discussions.
Again the programme was very timely because the group was preparing for election for their new leadership. In their evaluation they said some of the skills they acquired will be very useful in their new leadership that will soon emerge.
The second SELL Programme took place in Tunfure area of Gombe town. Mary one of the facilitators at Tunfure, has this to say on the programme.
A Community Building programme was run with some young adults at Tunfure on 14th – 15th September 2012. Some of the issues explored during the SELL Community Building Programme were on dealing with our assumptions, stereotypes and biases. Challenges on our sexual health were also looked at. Other areas that were touched during the programme were on identity and the causes of division among people. The group shared on ways to build and sustain a healthy community.
During the evaluation, Alhamdu and Leonard some participants at the programme attested that women are sometimes relegated to the background and their opinions are not listened too or respected in the community. Finally participants we challenged to accept people the way they are irrespective of their differences.
The programme recorded 23 participants (10 ladies and 13 young men). Gobet one of the new trainees from the Bauchi SELL Team, Felicia and James members of the SELL Team in Gombe and Mary from Bauchi SELL Team, facilitated the workshop and sharing.
This week has being a very busy one at the Youth Formation Centre, Bauchi, where the SELL Resource team is and runs the SELL Programme from. Some of the things that kept us busy were; planning for the Programme’s 2013 calendar and communicating with groups we hope to reach next year; to share these proposed dates with them.
As part of plans for next year, we hope that more training of SELL facilitators will take place in Plateau State and the Northeast of Nigeria. In view of this, we have invited SELL Representatives from these areas for a meeting and planning with the SELL Resource team towards these trainings next year. This meeting is taking place on the 22nd September 2012 at the Youth Formation Centre, Bauchi.
21st September 2012 was marked as International Peace Day. Members of the SELL Resource Team also observed the day, bearing in mind that the SELL Programme is a Peace Building Programme for young adults. As part of our activities to mark the day, Moses a member of the SELL Resource Team wrote this piece to commemorate the Peace day.
Today is the International Peace Day. It was established by the UN resolution in 1981, but the General Assembly officially declared this day, September 21 as the International Peace Day. Theme for this year’s celebration is “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future”.
It is recommended that at 12 noon, depending on your time zone, people are to observe a moment of silence. Anyone anywhere can celebrate peace. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon or just sitting in silent meditation. All we encourage is for us to say or do something in relation to peace on this day.
It is also a day of ceasefire - personal or political. Imagine what a day of ceasefire would mean to humankind. As we mark this day, I congratulate all peace makers and workers – “Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be called Children of the creator.” For those who wish, you may join me to sing this peace song,
Peace is flowing like a river
Flowing out through you and me
Flowing out into the desert
Setting all the captives free.”
Thank you for reading our blog this week. I will bring you more stories and news from the SELL Programme Next Week.
Communication Desk, SELL.