By Lekan Otufodunrin, Nigeria
Before attending the Train-the-Trainer workshop held in Nairobi, Kenya, from November 13-15, Marcelin Vounda Etoa of Editions CLE publishing house in Cameroon was planning to hold a workshop in partnership with the Protestant University to train pastors on writing scholarly theological papers.
Having participated in the three-day workshop organized by Media Associates International (MAI), he feels better equipped to organize the workshop.
“I found the MAI Africa workshop very inspiring. It provided me practical ideas for the planned workshop.”
“It instilled the confidence in me to plan and execute a writer’s training workshop in my country.”
“The MAI Training was a real blessing. I met inspirational people from across Africa and came away not only with many new friends, but also with a deep longing to be involved in bringing about MAI’s vision,” Campbell stated.
The training focused on How Adults Learn, Teaching Skills and Organizing Workshops. According to Crespo, the basic principles of adult learning should cover the whole person, perception, experience and community.
During the very interactive sessions, Crespo shared practical ideas on how to become better custodians of their publishing skills through understanding of various learning styles, use of codes, and teaching strategies.
According to Tesfahun Hatia, Principal of Pentecostal Theological College, Ethiopia, participating in the training was like sitting in front of the mirror.
“Each of us was able to see a crystal clear image of our own experiences.”
From the training, Rose Birenge, Director of Publishing and Outreach at Biblica Africa, learned the need to appreciate the differences between how adults learn and how children learn.
“I also learnt the need to be flexible in training – make space for changes, for longer discussions…and plan on how the training will run so that my thoughts are [in] place.”
Other participants at the training were Pusonnam Yiri, Nigeria; MAI Africa Chair Wambura Kimunyu, Kenya; Nelson Clemens, Sierra Leone; Buma Kor, Cameroon; Christian Matthew, Nigeria; Lekan Otufodunrin, Nigeria; and MAI President John Maust, US.