The first day passed explaining the framework in which the course will exist, clarifying the vision behind the program and how it will be carried out, adjusting expectations, creating a secure environment, and commencing with the first theme. The theme of the first day was self-worth. We start with this theme because we believe it to be an important base on which to build other abilities, and though one might have a lot of important abilities, it is difficult - if not impossible - to reach your full potential if you don’t consider yourself of any worth. In a lot of different jobs, it is a natural consequence of a lack of self-worth that you simply deliver worse. Whatever job, related with sales or personal relations, is affected by your self-worth, but besides of that, the project seeks to educate the youth as “complete” individuals, and obtaining the perfect job, isn’t the only and final goal in life. Therefore we believe self-worth to be an important theme that contributes to the quality of life of the youth. The youth are divided in small groups of ten in an attempt to create a safe atmosphere, and an important part of the course consists in icebreakers or social activities related to the themes in order to provoke participation and engagement.
In the future, we will touch upon the themes; social relations, talking formally, searching and maintaining a job, presenting yourself in an interview, writing applications, customer service, use of computers, opening a bank account and basic cooking. Furthermore, we will visit specific places and employments in the local area, the capital and in the country generally, to show the reality in which the youth one day will have to find themselves.
Today, we will continue with the theme self-worth, and thereafter we expect to be ready to build on top with the aforementioned themes, in the course of the 44 days we have ahead of us. We believe this program to be the right way of capacity building the youth, ensuring a secure transition process outside the walls of the orphanage, and we believe that we in the future will se the fruit, in the form of a group of young individuals that will contribute to changing their country from the inside out.
We wish to build leaders to change the society