Let me now share with you our experience from the three different workshops.
- The first workshop was also a first for the SELL Foundation. This is because it was the first time the Foundation was having a workshop with an all Muslim group.
The SELL Programme unit of Leadership which was shared with the group was facilitated by the SELL Resource Team of Leo, Umar and Jonathan. They went to Nasarawa Gwom on Friday 23rd and delivered the SELL Programme on Saturday the 24th November 2012. The venue was the Nasarawa Comprehensive Secondary School. The participants were 22 in number.
The participants found the Programme very participatory and some said they were challenged to lead with compassion and not to influence others especially their followers negatively. Umar from the SELL Resource Team who also participated said the programme was highly educative and respected every faith tradition, for example, all the Islamic Prayer times were observed; participants took a break from the workshop and went to pray at these times.
Some of the evaluation comments were; “I feel this workshop should continue”, “I will pass the information I gained from this workshop” e.t.c.
On this note, we wish to thank Shua’ibu, who is one of the trainee facilitators of the SELL Programme for organising the programme and gathering his friends to attend. We are also grateful to the proprietor of the school for allowing us use the school premises as venue for the workshop. We look forward to working with this group again.
- On the 23rd – 24th November 2012, Theophilus, one of the SELL Pioneer Trainee Facilitators with Moses and Isaac of the SELL Resource Team lead the interactive forum with a group of young People in Ungwan Boro Community of Kaduna. Isaac who participated in the programme had this to say; “the building of a better community they say begins one block at a time, and this maxim was confirmed at Ungwan Boro Community in Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna state, where the SELL Foundation organised a Community Building workshop for the young people. The high point for me during the workshop was the session on ‘Assumption and Perspective’. Participants confessed that indeed most beliefs and stereotypes they give to people of other tribes apart from theirs was more often based on prejudice and not real about them. Also, the place of women in our community cannot be over emphasized, the group all agreed that men are naturally selfish, they think more of themselves. However, a compromise was reached with the contribution of one of the participants who said it is true that man is selfish, but they are, because of their responsibilities. The group agreed at the end of the training to get more female involved in community actions and all promised to make Ungwan Boro a better community”. All participants were 16 (10 female and 6 male).
- Last of the three workshops that took place on that same weekend was that facilitated by Maria of the SELL Resource Team and Tommy Hayden (a resource person to the SELL Foundation) who devoted his November month this year to be with the Resource Team to support the Team in delivering her programmes.
We got an invitation to work with the group by an NGO in Kaduna called ‘Hope for the Village Child Foundation (HVCF)’. The unit of the Programme that was delivered was the Community Building Unit and it was in Hausa Language. The Hausa version of the programme is called ‘Illimin Kowa’ (Learning for all).The workshop gave the Team a chance to experiment with the programme again. 27 young people participated, of which 7 were female. The Programme with the HVCF was unique because, while the programme in Jos was for a Muslim group and the one at Ungwan Boro Kaduna was an all Christian group, the programme run at HVCF was for an interfaith group (Muslims and Christians). A participant Musa said it was indeed a very useful time for him during the programme because his thinking was challenged and the false ideas he had in his head about co-existence with people of different cultures he lives with in his community is not the idea he is going back with. During the exercise on Gender; the role of women was explored and most of the men said women are life and without them, the community might feel lifeless. Another insight from the programme was that women carry a triple burden of work but this is not recognised and acknowledged by the male folk. An important Learning was that the men and women are equal therefore, the men in the group said they shall support women and create this awareness too in their various communities.
The Bauchi SELL Team had also been busy in the previous week, Mary and James of Bauchi SELL Team delivered the Peace Building unit of the SELL programme at the Army Barracks, Gombe state, Nigeria. The programme held on the 16th – 18th November 2012 and 17 young adults were in attendance of which 8 were female and 9 of them were male.
The participants were happy with the programme because it exposed them to the ways in which we can be peace makers in all life situations. During the evaluation, some of the participant (Francisca and Mary) said that the Reflection on anger Management (one of the sessions explored) has helped them see the need to forgive one another.
We wish to appreciate all the facilitators for working tirelessly in making these workshops happen and the participants too for their active participation in the programme.
In our next blog, I will give you a report of four workshops that happened from Thursday 29th November – Saturday 1st December 2012 at four different locations and by different SELL Teams.
It has really been a long and interesting blog this week, thanks for staying with us, let’s meet again next time.
Communication Desk, SELL