The Sharing Education and Learning for Life (SELL) Programme Ghana conducted its 3rd training for volunteer facilitators in the Damongo Zone.
It took place, Nov 4-7, at the Unity Centre and focused on the Peace Building Unit, which is immanent of the Programme.
In the 4-day program, plenary and group discussions invoked streams of consciousness on the effects of violence and invited them to choose to be peacemakers in all of life’s situations.
Some of the volunteers shared the impact of the training on their lives.
Sayibu Maruf Muhaz, Leader of Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Lingbinsi averred that, “This training will help me to communicate wisely to my community people, most especially on child abuse and forgiveness stories. I will try to put this in my sermons.”
“It will help me on how to manage anger and live in peace with everyone in society. It will also help me to stop assuming and predicting some causes of problems but rather find out the rationale behind every problem,” said Peter Bavug from Lingbinsi.
Yiriyele Winifred from Sawla posited that, “it will help me contribute well to my community by letting them understand that, peace building is not about religion or tribe.”
“Having been well equipped with methods, ways, and strategies of dealing with conflicts and building peace in the society, applying them in real life in the community will be a bonus and a plus,” Kponkpori Sulemana Solomon opined.
Forty-five (45) young adults participated in the training, including three members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission.
Having undergone the training, the eight teams in the zone are expected to run step-down workshops in Damongo, Bole, Busunu, Bamboi, Buipei, Sawla, and Tuna communities of the Savannah Region, for the benefit of other young people. The SELL Resource Team members will attend the respective workshops as support persons.
Commissioned Volunteers of the Bawku Cluster Team in the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Zone organized a workshop for the youth in Zebilla, Saturday, October 6.
Drawn from various communities in the Bawku West District, the youth were taken through various sessions under the Self Awareness unit of the SELL Programme. They were assisted to discover numerous potential they possess through self-introspection and the responsibility that comes with it. They were also encouraged to cherish their various gifts and broaden their interests which will open them up to growth.
Twenty-six (26) persons participated in the workshop.
Commissioned Volunteers of the Bunkpurugu Cluster Team under the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Zone organized a step-down workshop in Bunkpurugu. It took place, October 23 and focused on the Leadership Unit of the SELL Programme.
Participants were drawn from Gbetmunpaak, Kinkarigu, Kurgona, Bunbuna, Gbankoni, Yunyoo-Nalik, Guangbiang, and Bunkpurugu communities of the North-East Region. Facilitators assisted them to understand leadership and how to become better leaders in their lives.
Twenty-one (21) young adults participated.
As part of their activities, commissioned volunteers of the Navrongo Cluster Team in the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Zone organized a workshop in Sirigu, Saturday, November 13.
Participants were taken through sessions on the Peace Building Unit of the SELL Programme that helped them look at the impact and effect of violence on their lives and called on them to choose to be peacemakers in society. The youth were drawn from Mirigu, Nabango, Kandiga, Natugnia, Azaasi, and Sirigu communities of the Kassena-Nankana West Municipality of the Upper East Region.
Thirty-three (33) youth participated in the workshop.
The Sharing Education and Learning for Life (SELL) Resource Team conducted an introductory workshop at St. Augustine’s Millenium Major Seminary (SAMS) in Tamale.
The event which took place on Saturday, October 23, was to give the seminarians undergoing their priestly formation first-hand knowledge of SELL as a programme for young adults on life-shaping issues. They were taken through some sessions that enabled them to recognize what they think about in relation to some issues of concern in society.
Having deepened their awareness of the need to sustain all life forms, Nyaaba Batetekem Achagwe Amos, in his fourth year at the seminary said, “the workshop has helped me to know that, in my own little way I can do something to sustain my environment rather than putting blame on my traditional or political leaders … it has also helped me to know myself better; my weaknesses and strengths have been made very clear to me.”
Cancheon Anselm who is in his third year said, “It has helped me in my relationship with other people who do not share the same opinions or faith with me. I have been enlightened to know the care of the environment is a collective responsibility and not only for people in authority.”
“… it will enable me to reflect deeply about myself, thereby making me accept the way I am,” he added.
Fifty-five (55) seminarians participated in the workshop.