Continuing with the mentoring and monitoring workshops in the second half of the calendar year, Fr. Leo travelled to Tumu in the Upper East region of Ghana. He was there to mentor the facilitators as they facilitated for the first time since their training in the Self Awareness unit of the programme. The facilitators did their best in the organisation and presentation as reported by Fr. Leo. They were given feedback on how to improve on their performance. Fr Leo encouraged them to try to organise another workshop in another community before the next training in September.
Hagar and John Mark were at Tamale on the second weekend of the month for mentoring and monitoring workshops at Nyankpala and Lamashegu communities respectively. These workshops were on the Wisdom of Traditions unit. Joshua was also at Chiana community in the Navrongo-Bolgatanga zone for a workshop and there was another workshop at Navrongo community in the same zone and all these workshops were on the Wisdom of Traditions unit. It was a busy and all the same successful weekend.
On the 12th of June Fr Leo left for his annual leave. Joshua, Jeremiah, Hagar and John Mark now hold the fort until the end of July when the Resource Room will be closed as all team members observe their annual leave in the month of August.
There was a mentoring workshop on the Wisdom of Traditions unit at Kumbungu community in the Tamale zone. Charles, one of the trained mentors, was there to mentor the team of facilitators. He reported to the resource team that the facilitators did very well. This was the final workshop on the Wisdom of traditions Unit in the Tamale zone. The facilitators in that zone are now ready for the final training session which is on the Justice unit in September this year.
On the final weekend the team was in Wa zone for the final mentoring sessions on the Self Awareness unit. Hagar and John Mark were in Wa township to mentor the team there. Jeremiah and Joshua were at Kaleo community. Both teams of facilitators did their as they facilitated for the first time since their training in January this year. They were given feedback on how to improve on their presentations and especially on the organisation of the workshops. There were also two workshops in the Navrongo-Bolgatanga zone, all on the Wisdom of Traditions unit. The communities where these workshops were held are Zuarungu and Binduri communities. Generally, the weekend was successful and so was the entire month.
The Resource Team is grateful as always to all who continue to support this movement in various and tremendous ways. We pray their efforts be replenished and their good intentions granted.
For SELL Resource Team
The Resource Team started the month with monitoring workshops. On the 3rd of May Jeremiah and Fr. Leo travelled to Tamale in the Northern and Salaga in the Savannah regions of Ghana for monitoring workshops on the Wisdom of Traditions Unit. They went to Salaga on the Friday evening and on the Saturday morning monitored the facilitators until late morning when they left them and returned to Tamale township in a community called Blessed Sacrament to monitor the team there. They expressed their satisfaction in the great work of the facilitators in terms of organisation and facilitation of the workshops. The result was gratifying such that the energy and resources used in the process must be seen as invested instead of expended.
On the same weekend Joshua and John Mark were at Bongo community in the Navrongo-Bolgatanga zone for a monitoring workshop on the same Unit. It was heart warming to hear that the participants actually took the sessions seriously. It was however not surprising since Bongo is one of the communities in the Upper East region noted for its cultural richness.
John Mark’s birthday was on the 4th. He and all the team members celebrated it in the field. Particularly, after the workshop in Bongo he and Joshua and Gladys, the mentor who went to support the facilitators, had a short sitting to celebrate his birthday.
On Monday May 6, Joshua went to Tamale to participate in the first training session of the second phase of the New Integrated Catholic Youth Formation Programme (NICYFOP). This session was organised for 6 Catholic dioceses in the Northern part of Ghana. The training took 5 days but Joshua left on the fourth day. Joshua’s presence there was to see the synergies between that programme and the SELL the programme. He reported to the Team that all that the programme does with the exception of the catechetical aspect is line with that of SELL. It could be said without a doubt that SELL is doing far more than the NICYFOP programme does. SELL is open to all faith groups whereas the NICYFOP programme is only limited to Catholic youth. It was not surprising to see that about 50% of the trainees at the NICYFOP programme was made of SELL Facilitators, a testament that SELL has an impact on them and has placed them on a stage where opportunity could locate them.
The Team organised a two-day retreat for the final year students of Presentation Junior High School. On the 8th and 9th, Leo, Jeremiah and John Mark led these young students in the retreat. They helped them reflect on their lives and their preparations toward the Basic Education Certificate Examinations starting from June 10, 2019. They with and for them. The team continue to remember these students and all other students preparing for the examination daily in their team prayers.
There were two mentoring workshops on the second weekend of the month. Fr Leo and Jeremiah were in Bunkpurugu to mentor a workshop on the Wisdom of Traditions unit. Bunkpurugu is a community in the North East region of Ghana. The facilitators were phenomenal in all they did. The Resource Team have no doubt that these facilitators will be able to sustain the programme in their locality, seeing the great efforts they are putting in. there was also another weekend in Paga community in the Upper East region. The workshop was also on the community building unit of the programme. The turn out there was not so impressive but the facilitators did their best to engage the few present. In the end the participants themselves said they were going to influence their colleagues to be present for the subsequent workshops seeing that it will be of greater benefits if majority of them partake in them.
On the 16th of May the Resource team had a meeting with the Diocesan Youth Chaplain and Youth Executives of the Navrongo-Bolgatanga zone at the Resource Room to discuss ways by which the programme could be fully integrated into the youth structure. A lot of measures were put in place to ensure the continuity of the programme in that zone. The youth chaplain and the executives thanked the Resource Team for the tremendous work they are doing to help the young people in that zone to become better persons and citizens of nation. They pledged their support to the facilitators at their own level so that they will be encouraged to serve their communities in the spirit of voluntarism and service.
The Resource Team in collaboration with the Presentation Brothers’ school community organized a gathering to celebrate Workers Day with people who help work for them. About 60 people were present for the celebration which took place on the 17th of May at the Presentation Brothers School Community House in Logre. The team and the brothers thanked the workers for their services and for honouring the invitation to partake of the celebration. The workers also expressed their gratitude for the great but rare experience. They shared it was uncommon that workers are recognized and honoured such manner in that part of the country.
On the final weekend of the month the counselling trainees went back to Kumasi in the Ashanti region of Ghana, precisely in the Spiritual Renewal centre, for the final training session. Trainees were taken through practical sessions in order for them to use the skills acquired in previous sessions to address case studies. The facilitators, Fr Peter Laast and Fr Stephen Gyantua did very well. They accompanied the trainees from the beginning through to the end with great love and care sharing with the trainees their vast knowledge and experiences. The graduation ceremony was held on the Sunday. Charing the ceremony was the vicar general of the Kumasi Archdiocese of the Catholic church representing the Bishop. The graduates were encouraged to use the skills acquired to help society in their various vocations. Certificates were presented to graduates for successful completion following their hard work.
As ever, the Resource Team is bereft of words to express their gratitude to all who have been and continue to be supportive of the programme. To everyone and for everything, thank you sincerely.
By Agbaung Joshua Anambe
For SELL Resource Team, Ghana
Here on the blog we’ll be keeping you up to date with the work we have been doing, particularly the workshops we have been running. We would also like to get comments and feedback from you, particularly if you have attended one of our workshops.