WHAT 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.
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.
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.