A group of 50 students belonging to the NSS team of UHHSS Chailyam actively participated in the “Communication Skills for Breakthrough Leadership” training program led by AFRC Founder Directors Laila Saein and Anil Emage. The session was a special gift for our trainer Laila Saein as it was conducted in her alma-mater, Ganapath School, Feroke.
One of the striking factors which attracted AFRC trainers was the stric discipline followed by the participants. All the duties were entrusted with the students and the tram led by Fawas excelled in executing their duties.
First half of the training was dedicated for imparting lessons on communication skills. The second half of the session focused on breakthrough leadership skills.
The session witnessed incredible success stories of students and trainers from AFRC. Students felt highly motivated after listening to the stories of how a BackBenchers Conference was conducted in Wayanad, of aspirations
of a group of students and teachers from Wayanad to create a village universoity for children and youth based on volunteering and also the leadership feats of children who run a newspaper for global peace.
AFRC trainers congratulated Mr. Badar, Mr. Noushad, Ms.Rajina and Ms.Femina, Mr.Suresh and the Principal of Ganapath School who extended all support to the children to make the camp a great success.
Peace Gong, Bright Institute and AFRC organise Sustainable Development Goals workshop in Kannur
A workshop on SDGs was conducted on November 17, 2015 organised by AFRC (Academic Forum for Research and Communication) in association with Peace Gong and Bright Institute for Advance Studies at Mattul, Kannur Distirct, Kerala. Mattul is an educationally backward coastal village. AFRC, as part of its initiative in upgrading the institution (Bright) into a global academic center found introducing SDGs to the students as a right step in bringing the students aware of pressing issues affecting the world.
Peace Gong coordinator and teacher at Bright Ms. Majida welcomed the students to the workshops and stressed the need to introduce SDGs as part of academic curriculum. Mr. Mohammed Ashkar, the principal inaugurated the workshop. Ms. Laila Saein from AFRC, who took the initiative in introducing MY World survey in Wayanad earlier with the support of UNV India, in her keynote address advised the students to involve in global movements like MY World survey. She has also presented international news videos and documentaries on global issues and SDGs. She shared how students in Wayanad conducted My World survey and the methodology applied.
Later students were divided into groups and each group selected an SDG and with the help of teachers and internet browsing, studied about it and presented their findings. The purpose of the workshop was to sensitize students belonging to backward communities on the importance of SDGs as well as to empower them to engage in vital socio-economic issues and be part of global movements.
The students belonging to the Plus 1, 2 classes were not aware on the MDGs and SDGs, or the role of UN in eradicating global issues like hunger and poverty. The main purpose of the workshop was to make the students aware on global issues relating to health, poverty, education etc. The students realized that the world they live in is not so perfect everywhere, that there are children dying of hunger or people denied of basic sanitation and living conditions.
Each group focused on various SDGs and came out with their own versions of solutions to issues connected with each SDG. They also realized that they are not disconnected with the rest of the world, that their actions could have a wider impact than they could imagine. They also strongly felt the need to work together and support initiatives connected with SDGs. They expressed eagerness to study more on the SDGs and related initiatives if it is included in their curriculum.