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Particicipants with their teachers and facilitator Karen Gwaliasi
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Students of Selwyn and St. Nicholas doing group work
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July 16, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] More than fifty students leaders of the Church of Melanesia schools this week gathered at Selwyn College on west Guadalcanal for a week-long leadership training.

The training is organized by the education and provincial youth department of the Church to help school prefects and leaders develop new leadership skills and aptitude to become effective in their roles in schools, the church and their community.

Director of Secondary Education department of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development Mr. Aseri Yalangono was invited to open the workshop.

In his keynote speech he encouraged the student as leaders to be fair, equitable and responsive to the needs of those they looked after and also to those whom they are answerable to.
A good school with better environment he said can be created if leaders know their roles and responsibilities well and exercise them with integrity and truthfulness.

He commended the Church for giving the opportunity to the student leaders to gain new knowledge that would become the new foundation for decision making and skills to become useful leaders.

Provincial Youth Coordinator of the Church of Melanesia Mr. Chris Talo said the programme is also part of the implementation process of the recommendations reached at the Provincial Youth Consultation last year in Honiara to empower young people.

The Church felt that there is need improve the participation of youths in the life and ministry of the Church and one way of addressing this is to help train leaders of the schools.

Through proper and effective training these school leaders who have the raw potential can be developed and further utilized to help church efforts in enabling youths become responsible and useful members of the Church and society.

The leadership training is facilitated by a former school teacher from New Zealand Karen Gwaliasi with the help of senior teachers of the participating schools.

She said schools and organizations in New Zealand have supported this programme with resource materials she brought with her for the training.

The schools are Selwyn College, St Nicholas, Norman Palmer and St Francis Vaturanga.

Other schools in the dioceses have not been able to attend the training due to transport problems.

The programme concludes on Thursday.