The training took place at the Pastoral Centre in Nkhata Bay from Wednesday evening (July 13) to Sunday (July 17) morning. During it, one of the training team, Leo Traynor, encouraged the participants to really take on the task of executing the programme in their home communities. He said, “All you are learning here, you will also have to do in your communities. You have come to be trained and not just to be participants, so we hope you will be ambassadors of change as you become facilitators in your communities.” He also assured them that in doing this they would have the support on the ground of the Resource Team.
On her part, one of the trainees, Angella Kamanga, praised and thanked the SELL Programme for having provided the training opportunity, saying, “This training has been a great help to us. We have truly learned a lot on self-awareness and the roles of a facilitator such that we have grown in our knowledge about ourselves and in return we will be good facilitators of the programme in our communities.”
She added that better knowledge of ourselves will help Malawian society in general, since through self-awareness people will get to know their talents and become productive citizens.
Concurring with Kamanga, another trainee, Andrew Mtambo, said the training is timely since a lot of graduates in society are unable to find meaningful employment. In his words - “Currently it is not easy to find employment, so this training has come in good time because in deepening our knowledge about ourselves and our society, we will have a better chance of being productive and making a useful contribution to the growth and well-being of society.”
Commenting on the training, Mzuzu Diocesan Youth Chaplain, Father Benjamin Banda was enthusiastic about the importance of the programme for young adults. He said, “In this Programme young adults are being helped to know who they are as persons and also their gifts and talents so as to become leaders in their communities, thus leading to the development of the country as a whole." He also urged the participants to be willing to sacrifice themselves on behalf of their communities so as to execute their role well and put into practice what they have learned during the training.
Overall, there was a good sense of participation among the group, a keen desire to learn and a willingness at the end to go back to their communities and pass on the benefits of what they had gained for themselves. After some months of putting the programme into action at local community level, it is hoped the group will once again return for training in a further unit of the Programme.
By Emmanuel Moyo