Dimapur, May 25: Prodigals’ Home Dimapur organized a Program on “Certificate Course on Social Concern and Leadership” today which was attended by all the Course graduates, Past Trainee and resource persons.
In her welcome address Director of Prodigals’ Home, K Ela said that Prodigals’ Home continues to work in the field with the community to address the issues of drug addiction/alcoholism and HIV/disability, issues of local governance and leadership and community mobilization, etc.
She said much need is felt for ownership by all in addressing the issues confronting the society.
On the training course she said, “This is a humble beginning in bridging the gaps in learning from experience, communication to community, networking and partnership for a better society”.
She congratulated all the participants for undertaking the 10 days training course and for taking up the challenge of implementing the lessons and passions back into the society where it is most needed.
Many trainees shared their rich experiences which they had after undergoing the 10-day course. Wapangsenla Longkumer, a trainee stated people are suffering and “we are not able to see to their problems.”
Stating that Church needs to play a big role, she insisted that the course be extended to upcoming leaders too.
Totivili K, a former trainee shared her experiences stating that social issues many are happening in Nagaland. She said, “This course had helped me a lot and it will definitely help other too. This will definitely bring change. Let’s break the barriers”.
Course Director, Maong Jamir handed the graduating certificates to 16 participants. Speaking on the occasion, he said, “The course was started not knowing where it would take. But the result today is beyond our expectations. We have received lots of positive feedbacks from our trainees since 2013”.
He stated that the most common recommendation of the trainee was that the church leaders, theological students should take this training to be more inclusive.
“On their recommendations we have shared this course to many church leaders and theological students. For the last six years we circulated the information but response from them is still weak”, he lamented.
He said that the course started in 2013 and this is the seventh batch, adding only Rs. 1500 is charged for refreshment, resource fees and hall charges.
He informed that 158 students had graduated and more importantly 90% of the trainees are referred by the former trainees which was a welcome sign.
“No matter how the response may be, we have decided to go forward as long as the trainees values this course and motivates their friends to join”, he added.
He exhorted the gathering that leadership training is conducted everywhere and leadership without appropriate response to social issues makes them a bad leader. Many leaders are not able to respond appropriately to the issues due to lack of awareness.
He said, “Many leaders lack awareness because we are contented with what we know and we are not open to new learning. If we really want to be effective leaders in our contemporary world we need to understand social problems”.
Rev. Dr.Allen Konyak Jamir, Associate Professor of Counselling and psychotherapy, OTS exhorted the trainees citing many biblical lessons and also from her experiences.
(Page News Service)