As from 28th-30th August, 2015, both groups came together for Wisdom of Traditions training given that, this was the last Unit of SELL for both teams to receive training on. The trainees were moved by the participatory approach of SELL and reflections on the units explored. Some of the sessions are: Implications of traditions and practices that have changed over time as a result of modernization, Experience of Leadership Authority and power, News Paper analysis, Sexuality, etc. According to comments gathered from their evaluation, they were glad that the processes enabled them to share honestly and freely with one another and get in touch with their life experiences. They were also enthusiastic and encouraged by the facilitators to share their experience with others in their communities. The essence of the training is for them to pass on the message to others. In the same vein, Mr. Divine Akawu (the provincial President of CYON in Jos ecclesiastical province) reiterated the commitment of CYON to supporting SELL Programme in the Jos Province. He added that, the trainees should work in cooperation with CYON as partners in fostering Peace and progress in the church and their communities.
In the quest to reach out for more young adults, an action plan was drawn by both teams to run step down workshops on units they have been trained on. The Workshop shall take place in LCCN church groups and Catholic Church groups due to the fact that the trainees were drawn from both churches.
It was indeed a worthwhile experience given that both participants and facilitators were happy about the programme and three units of SELL Programme was explored within a week. The training ended on Saturday evening but it was late for participants that came from afar to travel, so we passed the night at the Pastoral Centre Jalingo and returned to our respective areas by Sunday 30th August, 2015. The trainings for Jalingo and Yola were climaxed with sweet memories and gratitude. We appreciate the Jalingo team for given the SELL Resource Team a thank you gift of a frame and Card.
We hope that, the step down workshops will help further our desire of bringing people of different faiths and denominations together in making the programme more inclusive.
September: 2nd-5thMentors final training and Retreat at Centre for Renewal Jos
September: 4th-5th Jonathan Ekhator’s wedding in Makurdi, Benue State. Jonathan is a Resource Person with the SELL Foundation.
September: 8th-13th 1. Hausa Training for SELL Facilitator at YFC Bauchi.
2. Shendam Training for SELL Facilitators
September: 11th-13th Self Awareness Workshop at Miya, Bauchi State, Nigeria.
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