Thought for the day
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8
The Skill Enhancement training program for Rural Youth caters to upskill the capacities of youth hailing from hard conditions of life was held in the Diocese of Madras on the 2nd to 4th of April 2019 at LAITY campus. 35 young people aspiring to migrate to urban areas in search of better education and livelihood opportunities from the age group of 18-25 were a part of this training.
The main objective of this program was to enhance the already existing skills of the rural youth in building their confidence to face the challenges they would face in the urban context due to migration. In a context of denied opportunities and poverty, though very talented and resourceful, our rural youth have always struggled to cope with the challenges this market economy offers. It is in this framework, the purpose of this program becomes more meaningful in enabling them to set goals, work in a team, map their careers, prove their leadership abilities, learn interview skills, Group discussion, resume writing skills and become more competent in the urban setting of life.
Through Skill enhancement training for Rural Youth, this program aims to provide the rural youth with opportunities for participation and growth, giving them various life coping and employable skills, help them realize their own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to face the challenges and competitions of the modern world. This experiential learning focuses on the understanding of self and others and promotes positive attitudes and behaviour in the individual.
The Bishop in Diocese of Madras Rt. Rev. Dr. George Stephen inaugurated this event and encouraged the young people to lead meaningful lives to become resourceful to the church and the wider community. He encouraged the young people to overcome their limitations and assured God’s accompaniment in every walk of their lives. He spoke about Bartimaeus though visually impaired had a vision to overcome various obstacles and transformed his weaknesses into strength. He motivated them to make use of this training to the maximum to become competent and upskill themselves in this competitive world.
The training program enabled the young people to discern and understand their priorities and build their confidence. At the end of the program they opined that the training was very useful and first of its kind in their context.
The Synod Youth Department acknowledges all the support rendered by the Youth Department of CSI Madras Diocese and Skill factory, the professional institute for their expertise and support in sending their trainer Ms. Jency Varghese Thomas to come and conduct this training program which was well appreciated. Many such training programs are planned to reach the rural youth of CSI in the coming days.Read Next...
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To enable the young people with a new vision rooted in the person and work of Jesus Christ, equipping them to live out the values of God's reign and putting their faith in praxis.
Empower and sensitize young people to critically analyse issues pertaining their life in church and society to shape their perspectives on various issues like Ecology, Gender Justice, Caste system, Globalization, Girl Child, Media and its effects, Addiction and Abuse, Politics, Finance and Accountability, Inter-faith dialogue and so on…
Make them an integral part of the church, its worship, mission and structure. Providing leadership at various levels of church structure and participatory involvement in decision making process.
To build a healthy and strong network with the youths of other churches, coming together for a common cause, putting their faith in praxis and envisioning a better church and a wider society.
To make them servant leaders of the servant Lord to serve the church.
Training programmes at the Diocesan, Inter-Diocesan and the Synod level will be conducted.
Bible study workshop to re-read the bible with new eyes to trigger faith and praxis in young minds.
Sensitizing programmes on various issues like ecology, patriarchy, caste and class system, media and so on will be conducted in providing the right perspective about these issues and also enable them to formulate their responses.
Work camps for joint action.
Exposure programmes and visits to different church traditions and mission activities.
Dialogue with young people of other faith in promoting mutual participation for common action.
Partnership programmes with other churches and NGO's to enable fellowship towards common faith and action.