With a highly anticipated year like that of 2018 according to GAICAM’s plan of action, the organization for this year kick started its activities for the year, organizing and hosting the Yong African Leaders Initiative Learns Event with the theme “Personal Growth and Development.” This event took place at the GAICAM Head Office at Chief Street Bomaka, Buea, on 26th January 2018, with 32 participants in attendance. The founder of GAICAM, Mr TAMINANG Search who doubles as a member of the Young African Leaders Initiative Network was the main trainer, co-supported by Henry, a former Mandela Washington fellow. The preoccupation of this event was as follows:
- To enable participants develop and improve on their public speaking skills
- To train and equip participants with the right knowledge and skills on how to develop an attractive CV, good motivational letters and how to make it through a job Interview.
- To educate participants on how to develop and maintain a network.
- To enable participants understand the rationale behind organizational and individual code of ethics and how they can develop one for themselves.
The six hours intensive training seminar (event) started at exactly 9:00am with 22 participants in attendance coming from different towns and cities such as Buea, Muyuka, Limbe and Douala. The event was a very interesting one given that after each module treated, there was a question and interaction session where participants could find answers to their worries, enabling them better assimilate the various training modules.
The event was more of an interactive session where participants were even commissioned to practice some of the modules they have been taught during the session, such as public speaking. During the event, eight (8) participants who had difficulties in public speaking were shortlisted to present before the other participants, and this greatly helped to improve their speaking skills and confidence level. Practically, participants were able to develop motivational letters after receiving hands-on training on motivational letter writing. This event was indeed a memorable one as all participants got excited by the way the training was done (practical) and the relationship they had with the trainers.
The event ended in a very good footing with so much applause from the participants as many of them had to immediately table their individual testimonials, sharing the uniqueness of the event, and how it has greatly impacted them in one way or the other. The event ended with 32 participants in attendance and with group photo-shoots.
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