Leaders of SELL community team in the North-East and Plateau State of Nigeria convened for a meeting at the SELL Foundation office on the 27th October 2014. The meeting with the leaders is bi-annual and this was the last for this year. All the communities were represented and vital issues for the growth of SELL were. Indeed the challenges that SELL is faced with were not left out in the discussions, we look up to the creator for grace in all we do.
The SELL Foundation hugely appreciates the St. Patricks Missionary Society in Nigeria, west African region, for her immense contribution towards youth formation and development. Over the years, the SELL Foundation has benefited from their generosity. Most recently, they invited an expert facilitator on Child Safeguarding; Fr. Hugh Legan of the Society Missionary of Africa (SMA). Fr. Legan is from Northern Ireland and works in South Africa. The primary focus of the experience was on living positively; being optimistic; having cheerful countenance; knowing what makes you happy; living your life not someone else’ life (doing what you know how to do best); being honest with yourself…. . I can go on and on and on. I will like to share some of my insights which include;
Getting comes from giving;
The happiest people are people who give freely without looking back;
Happiness is a conscious choice not an automatic response;
Don’t let your dream become so self-focused, consider the need of others as well;
Be careful what you pray for because you may actually get it (an Irish Proverb);
We spend too much of our lives correcting our deficiencies than building our strengths;
Spend time each day in silence to gain perspectives and we cannot be anything we desire to be than who we already are.
On the child safe guarding aspect, it was so disheartening knowing that at least 18 percent of females and 8 percent of males are being abused at a young age. Also sad to know that child abuse is carried out more by close persons in the lives of these young ones, the whole experience shared by Legan was worthwhile. The programme took place at the Catholic Social Centre in Kaduna, Nigeria on the 6th October, 2014.
On the 16th – 19th October, 2014, a second round of SEL Mentoring training will kick off. SELL has trained a set of her facilitators to support with the mentoring of trainees of the programme. The next set will begin this week, we wish them every blessing they need as they go through another experience of SELL’s process.
Next week will be a continuation of training for SELL Community trainees. Two community teams will be coming together to take the training at the youth formation centre in Bauchi, Nigeria.
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