ABOUT US

ABOUT US

The SELL Programme Ghana runs a programme called the Sharing Education and Learning for Life (SELL). It is a young adult Peace Building and Human Development Programme that has a very gentle approach of engaging young adults in participatory learning.

about-usWHAT IS THIS PROGRAMME?

The Sharing Education and Learning for Life programme is a participatory adult formation programme that aims at developing life building skills in young adults.  It is rooted in a profound respect for the person and desires to see people cultivate a culture of peace within themselves and in community. SELL adopts the philosophy of education of the Brazilian educationist Paulo Freire. Freire believed passionately in the dignity of every human being and sought to bring about an approach to education that was based on the actual experience of people. Using this as the entry point, no one is excluded and everyone is a contributor. It is not a teacher pupil model, but a shared adult to adult way of exploring life. So the SELL programme is participative and focuses on sharing experience, inviting participants to THINK and CHOOSE especially to choose to be peace makers.

VISION

Our vision for this programme is to engage young adults with life shaping issues and assist them to make conscious choices on how they will live their lives in Peace and make a positive impact within their community.

 

  HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The programme as it is today grew out of the work and thinking of Tommy Hayden. Tommy over a period of twenty years while working in Nigeria developed a participatory learning programme in Hausa Language that he called Ilimin Kowa (Learning for all). This Hausa programme became the basis for the development of The Sharing Education and Learning for Life programme by Leo Traynor and Noel McGeeney colleagues of Tommy’s in St. Patrick’s Missionary Society. By invitation of the late Bishop Joseph S. Ajomo, the programme was worked with the young adults from Lokoja and Kabba Nigeria, there major evaluations and further developments were made to the programme up until 2007. At this time the team which was now made up of the original authors and four young Nigerians, Jonathan Ekhator, Moses Alokpa and Maria Dagogot (nee Ghinsel) and Mary James were invited to set up a Youth Formation Centre in Bauchi, North Eastern, Nigeria. This Centre is now established and the SELL programme is run form there. In April 2009, the first manual for the programme was published. The SELL Peace-building programme is now establishing contacts with various communities within Bauchi State and throughout North East Nigeria.

INTRODUCTION TO THE SELL PEACE BUILDING MANUAL by Donal Dorr

One of the most important activities in which people can engage at this time is informal education-and especially the kind in which people are empowered to live life to the full. This is also one of the most exciting and rewarding activities in which one can engage. There is great satisfaction in helping people to find a richer and deeper meaning in their lives-and helping them to grow as persons and as members of the local and the global community. But this work can be difficult. This is partly because those who engage in this work need a lot of inter-personal and group skills. Another source of difficulty is that it is not easy to find suitable handbooks and resource materials.

I am delighted to warmly and enthusiastically recommend the SELL manual because it meets these needs admirably. The material is so well planned and laid-out that it is itself a kind of training manual for those who lead others through the various lessons. Furthermore, the content of the material is very appropriate for those for whom the manual has been written. This is not surprising because it is the fruit of years of practical on-the-ground work by the authors with the very kind of people for whom the work is intended. So each part of it has been tested and tried and corrected.

The over-all vision of human life which underpins the material is very impressive indeed. What we have here is a seamless view, in which religious faith is fully integrated with rounded human development. This is done in a very sensitive way. It takes seriously the full riches of the all faith traditions and is fully respectful of them. The result is that those who use this material will be able to avoid any tendency to adopt a narrow sectarian approach.

The SELL programme does not ignore or make invisible the spiritual life. Yet the SELL approach avoids the danger of a narrow devotionalism or a ‘pie-in-the-sky’ understanding of religion. This broad approach is badly needed in our world today. It avoids two opposite mistakes. On the one hand, much of the approach to economic and social development which is being fostered by Western agencies seems to ignore and neglect the deeper spiritual issues which lie at the heart of the African vision of life. On the other hand, much of the crusading type of religion which is becoming so common in Africa fails to offer a rounded vision of life; at times it seems to offer an almost magical approach which assumes that human problems are to be solved by blind faith and prayer in a way that ignores the need for careful human planning and effort.

The SELL approach, by contrast is based around the concept of transformation in which God’s /Allah’s grace and human effort come together, enabling men, women, and young people to experience the fulfilment and joy of being co-creators with the supreme being, and bringing new hope to our broken world.

I am confident that the manual will be of great benefit to many people and I hope that it will be widely used. My thoughts and prayers are with those who wrote it and those who will use it.

Donal Dorr M.A. D.D. is a well known theologian who has written several books including ‘Option for the poor’ ‘Spirituality and Justice’ etc, he is based in Dublin Ireland.)

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Our Units

Self Awareness

This unit of SELL ask us to deepen our knowledge of ourselves. To grow in self awareness, to recognize our gifts and talents to know the type of personality we have. It is about the call to 'know one's self'.

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Wisdom of Traditions

This unit of SELL explore the wisdom of our traditions and look at spiritual influences we have been exposed to and their impact on us. In it we also discern together the calls of the spirit that we feel are going on in our world in present, the call to equality, justice and care for the earth. Interfaith relationship and ecumenism are raised as concerns for us to reflect on.

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Leadership

This unit of SELL helps us to ask ourselves what type of leaders has been our role models in life. Then more importantly we seek to discover our own leadership style and to ask what type of leader seeking after peace do, I want to be in my community.

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Peace Building

This unit helps people to look at the impact and effect of violence on their lives. It invites us to choose to be peacemakers in all of our life's situations. Violence happens between people, so we have to look at how we manage our relationships.

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