On the same weekend Joshua and John Mark were at Bongo community in the Navrongo-Bolgatanga zone for a monitoring workshop on the same Unit. It was heart warming to hear that the participants actually took the sessions seriously. It was however not surprising since Bongo is one of the communities in the Upper East region noted for its cultural richness.
John Mark’s birthday was on the 4th. He and all the team members celebrated it in the field. Particularly, after the workshop in Bongo he and Joshua and Gladys, the mentor who went to support the facilitators, had a short sitting to celebrate his birthday.
On Monday May 6, Joshua went to Tamale to participate in the first training session of the second phase of the New Integrated Catholic Youth Formation Programme (NICYFOP). This session was organised for 6 Catholic dioceses in the Northern part of Ghana. The training took 5 days but Joshua left on the fourth day. Joshua’s presence there was to see the synergies between that programme and the SELL the programme. He reported to the Team that all that the programme does with the exception of the catechetical aspect is line with that of SELL. It could be said without a doubt that SELL is doing far more than the NICYFOP programme does. SELL is open to all faith groups whereas the NICYFOP programme is only limited to Catholic youth. It was not surprising to see that about 50% of the trainees at the NICYFOP programme was made of SELL Facilitators, a testament that SELL has an impact on them and has placed them on a stage where opportunity could locate them.
The Team organised a two-day retreat for the final year students of Presentation Junior High School. On the 8th and 9th, Leo, Jeremiah and John Mark led these young students in the retreat. They helped them reflect on their lives and their preparations toward the Basic Education Certificate Examinations starting from June 10, 2019. They with and for them. The team continue to remember these students and all other students preparing for the examination daily in their team prayers.
On the 16th of May the Resource team had a meeting with the Diocesan Youth Chaplain and Youth Executives of the Navrongo-Bolgatanga zone at the Resource Room to discuss ways by which the programme could be fully integrated into the youth structure. A lot of measures were put in place to ensure the continuity of the programme in that zone. The youth chaplain and the executives thanked the Resource Team for the tremendous work they are doing to help the young people in that zone to become better persons and citizens of nation. They pledged their support to the facilitators at their own level so that they will be encouraged to serve their communities in the spirit of voluntarism and service.
The Resource Team in collaboration with the Presentation Brothers’ school community organized a gathering to celebrate Workers Day with people who help work for them. About 60 people were present for the celebration which took place on the 17th of May at the Presentation Brothers School Community House in Logre. The team and the brothers thanked the workers for their services and for honouring the invitation to partake of the celebration. The workers also expressed their gratitude for the great but rare experience. They shared it was uncommon that workers are recognized and honoured such manner in that part of the country.
On the final weekend of the month the counselling trainees went back to Kumasi in the Ashanti region of Ghana, precisely in the Spiritual Renewal centre, for the final training session. Trainees were taken through practical sessions in order for them to use the skills acquired in previous sessions to address case studies. The facilitators, Fr Peter Laast and Fr Stephen Gyantua did very well. They accompanied the trainees from the beginning through to the end with great love and care sharing with the trainees their vast knowledge and experiences. The graduation ceremony was held on the Sunday. Charing the ceremony was the vicar general of the Kumasi Archdiocese of the Catholic church representing the Bishop. The graduates were encouraged to use the skills acquired to help society in their various vocations. Certificates were presented to graduates for successful completion following their hard work.
By Agbaung Joshua Anambe
For SELL Resource Team, Ghana