Hello viewers, compliments of the season! Here are updates on recent happenings in SELL world, Nigeria. Stay tuned and enjoy:
SELL Foundation is thanking God for his providence and care throughout 2016 to January 2017. The year 2016 has come and gone with lots of successes to remember. It is our desire to reach out to the young people in more meaningful ways in this New Year, 2017. In order to achieve the organizational set goals and aims, we feel the need to strengthen our capacity in the areas of interest and this saw the team organizing a three day in house Team Building. The thematic areas considered were; Motivation, Achieving Organizational goals, Combining Professional and Personal life and Learning/ Unlearning
The office resumed for the year 2017 on the 5th January, upon resumption, in house inputs kicked start the year. The in- house capacity building was one of its kind in the foundation. For an organization to move forward, it requires some team building which we felt the thematic above will enhance our skills and capabilities. By doing that, we have come to learn that learning is a day today activity, for one to succeed in life he or she must be in a stage of adaption. We have also discovered where our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threat are in the work we do and where we can fine-tune so as to enhance our capacity. It has also helped us as an organization to think outside the box for creativity and innovations in seeing that the SELL programme suits the communities where it is situated. This is geared towards self efficiency and actualization of Organizational vision and mission.
On the 13th of January, SELL Foundation conducted an interview at the Youth Formation Centre in Bauchi for the quest of Finance officer and Measurement and Evaluation (M&E) officer. The interview was successful. 13 persons attended the interview, Julius Dodo S.V a SELL trainee from Kaduna state emerged as the finance officer and Njoku Ihejeto Donaldson from IMO state as the M&E respectively.
In furtherance of the vision of SELL and the desire to achieve our goals in 2017, The Foundation (SELL) had a leadership workshop on the 25th January with the students of Abukabakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi (ATBU). 29 students attended the workshop, 18 male and 11 females. The workshop covered some key areas like self assessment; open to group needs, and setting goals. On the other hand, Hausa mentors who are SELL volunteers from different communities in the North-east and plateau converged at the Youth Formation Centre Bauchi on the 9th-12th February for a retreat, the retreat was centered on spiritual direction of young adults. The key activities that took place at the retreat are Spiritual readings, praying with the nature, spiritual direction and reflections. The mentors fully participated in the retreat and the activities were also observed based on the schema.
According to the participants, the retreat was a life transforming. Yohanna a participant at the retreat from Jalingo affirmed that the retreat has helped him concentrate on life situation and also appreciates nature. Klanto from Shendam also said the retreat was a life changer; it has helped him reflect on life. Ruya and Jonathan from Yola said the retreat has encouraged them to accept the challenges of life in good faith and to work on where its need amends when necessary. It has also helped them read the scripture. They have also learned how to relate with other people from different denomination, faiths and traditions. The retreat was to help the young adults to be responsible and committed in their day to day activities which will also help them as SELL trainees in carrying out their responsibilities by exploring the impacts of what they have learnt to their families, friends, and neighbors and to the community at large. It is our desire in SELL to see our trainees be agent of change in the community. The retreat was facilitated by Rev Fr Emmanuel Obidah.
In the same vein, the following workshops took place in various communities: on the 10th January, Tafawa Balewa team had a self awareness workshop with the staff of Presentation Brothers Secondary school Tafawa Balewa. 26 staff attended the workshop, 14 male, 12 females. The workshop was to help the staff to have clear perception of their personality including their strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation and emotions. Jalingo team also had two leadership workshops with the youth leaders. The first workshop took place on the 27th January in Wukari with 35 participants, 34 male 1 female. While the second workshop took place on the 10th February at Sabon Gari with 28 youths in attendance, 17 male 11 females. The workshop was to help the youth’s leaders in carrying out their duties and responsibilities and to be good leaders of tomorrow. On the 17th-18th February, Bauchi team had a Self awareness workshop with the Youths of Kagadama community.
According to participants at the workshop, the Programme impacted alots on them. It created awareness; it has helped them identify the types of their leadership styles. On the 22nd February, SELL Resource Team had a day with James Ajama from Jos on Content Service management (CSM). This was intended for expansion of the web portal and easy communication and flow of data between SELL and her beneficiaries. It was indeed a worthwhile opportunity given that the input will make it easier for the office to get updates of the happenings from communities faster. We have laid down programmes for the remaining part of 2017 on our website and you are invited to attain any one that is taking place within your reach
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