It feels good to be back to work after some period of been away for my maternity leave. In previous blogs you were informed that I put to bed and was on maternity leave, I am fully back to work now and I wish to thank you for your prayers and well wishes for my baby and family.
The heading of this blog talks about a leadership training that took place in Ghana. The training was organized by the Catholic Relief Services, CRS; founders of the Institute for Peace in Accra. This happened on the 23rd – 28th June, 2014 and was themed: EQUIPPING THE YOUTH TO BE THE LEADERS AND CHAMPIONS FOR PEACE, RECONCILIATION, AND GOOD GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA. Moses Alokpa a member of the SELL Resource Team and two volunteer of SELL: John Essien of the Maiduguri SELL Team and Hilda Hoomsem of the Jos SELL Team participated. Other Participants came from USA and eight English speaking African countries where CRS have projects. Hilda had this to say about the training; In every society there are different ways of advocating for peace. The institute for peace in Africa recently introduced the use of creative arts such as music, drama, and dancing towards the attainment of peace in the African community. The proponents posit that through the use of music, drama and dancing, people’s attention can easily be gotten towards peace talks. The principles of peace need to be maintained such as obedience to God and having respect for one another. To have a just and integrated community, there will be need to implement the ‘CORDSSSS’ an acronym for “Common good, Option for the poor, Rights and responsibility, Dignity, Solidarity, Subsidiarity, Stewardship and Social nature of the human person” . It was a wonderful experience, meeting great people from different nations with different ideologies towards issues and yet very open minded.
While the training in Ghana was going on, a SELL workshop was taking place simultaneously in the South-West of Nigeria at Ijebu Ode, Ogun state. The facilitators were two members of the Resource Team Mary and Beji. The group that experienced the SELL Programme where the students of the St. Patricks Missionary Society in the Formation house. Three units of the SELL Programme were explored there, viz; Peace Building, Community Building and Justice. This is the fourth year the SELL Resource team is delivering the SELL Programme to the different sets of students of the formation house. The good thing is that the students always invite other young people from Ijebu Ode town to join them in participating in the SELL Programme. This year’s programme recorded thirty five consistent participants; seven female and twenty eight male.
We want to use this opportunity to congratulate the St. Patricks Missionaries for the new central leadership team they have elected, we pray for divine grace as they shepherd the huge flock entrusted in their care.
Still on Programmes of SELL, the following took place in recent times:
On Monday the 26th May, 2014 the SELL Resource Team had an in- house Team Building. The programme was an interactive session, where the Team affirmed and gave feedback to each other to help improve one and to strengthen member’s working relationship.
At Vinikang in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria, four SELL Community Facilitators delivered the Leadership Unit of the Programme on the 30th-31st May, 2014. The Facilitators were Blessing, James, Augustina and Moses. 22 Participants were in attendance (11 ladies and 11 gentlemen ).
The SELL Foundation in her quest to offer ongoing support to the formation of Young adults, worked with the JSS 3 Students of Immaculate Conception Secondary (High) School, ICSS, Bauchi State, Nigeria, on 11th June, 2014. The Programme focused on Self Awareness, Leadership and on other issues affecting the lives of Teenager. They recorded 58 participants in attendance.
On the 12th and 19th June 2014, the SELL Foundation explored the Peace Building Unit of the Programme withthe National Youth Service Corp Members (Servicom CDS group). The Peace Building unit was explored with them; it was timely because it created an avenue to discuss about the current security challenges facing the nation. They gave credence to the SELL Foundation for organizing the Workshop; participants at the workshop were 17.
The Zaramaganda SELL Community team, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, had a SELL Programme to end the month of June 2014. The program took place at Hwolshe area of Jos on the 27th and 28th, 22 participants were in attendance.
SELL Foundation wishes the Muslim community a happy fasting period, may your prayers concerning peace in our world be answered - Ramadan Mubarak.
Finally to end this blog, I will like to request that we pray for one another as we ply the roads every day, let me share with you an experience our colleague had two weeks ago. Berlyn a member of the resource team was on her way home after she close from work, she boarded a motor bike and when they were going, a little girl of about 4 years ran to cross the road and the bike man tried to avoid hitting the little girl and skid off the road. Both Berlyn and the bike man sustained injuries but the girl was not touched, Berlyn is speedily recovering and has resumed work, we thank God. Let‘s also enlighten parents never to leave their children unattended to; hold their hand and cross the roads with them, teach them how to cross the roads and allow them cross alone only when they are old enough and understand how to cross the road.
Thank you for being with us on our page this week; hope to share with you more updates on SELL again soon.
Mhishap Maria D.
Communication Desk, SELL