Report on Personal Development Training For Children and Youth

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Report on Personal Development Training For Children and Youth

  1. Background information

SAK Business and Personal Development PLC has conducted five rounds of personal development training for children and youth in the month of July and August 2015 in Addis Ababa.

The first training was delivered under the premises of Young Roots English School around semit area. 31 students attended and successfully completed the training.

The second and third round of training was given at Bole Preparatory school for 17 and 33 students respectively.

The fourth round training was given for 30 students around Shiromeda area.

The fifth round training was given from module 2 manual for those students that had taken the first round training. 18 students attended the training at Young Roots English School.

A total of 129 students attended the training program.

  1. Purpose of the training

To empower children and youth students manage themselves from the inside out, to assist them take personal responsibility in managing their life, foster a belief in their abilities and potential, develop I can do it attitude and self confidence.

  1. Contents/activities covered during the training

The training package on personal development has three blocks. SAK has given block one and block two training modules in the months of July and August 2015.


Each training block has its own purpose and is prepared based on the actual issues that needs to be addressed in relation to behavioral change. The actual attitudinal problems that are prevailed in the country has been well addressed in the training blocks.

The training contests in each respective training block include:

Contents of Block 1

Session 1፡ Personal Development (ራስን ማበልፀግ/ማሳደግ)
Session 2፡ Self acceptance (እራስን መቀበል)
Session 3፡ Self confidence (በራስ መተማመን)
Session 4፡ Self defeating beliefs and how to conquer them (እራስን ወደ ኋላ የሚያስቀሩ አመለካከቶችና መፍትሄዎቻቸዉ)
Session 5፡ Positive Thinking (አዎንታዊ አመለካከት)
Session 6፡ Appreciative Inquiry (የማድነቅ ክህሎት)
Session 7፡ Visioning and goal seating (ራዕይና ዓላማ/ግብ መተለም)
Session 8፡ Responsibility (ኃላፊነት መዉሰድ )
Session 9፡ Negotiation Skill (የድርድር ክህሎት)
Session 10፡ Time Management (የጊዜ አጠቃቀም ክህሎት)


Contents of Block 2

Session 1፡Communication skill የኮምዩኒኬሽን ክህሎት
Session 2፡ Giving and receiving feedback (ግብረ መልስ መስጠትና መቀበል)
Session 3፡ Active Listening (በንቃት ማዳመጥ)
Session 4፡ Emotional Intelligence (ስሜትን መግራትና መቆጣጠር )
Session 5፡ Value (እሴት)
Session 6፡ Team Work (በቡድን መስራት)
Session  7፡ Whole Person Paradigm (ሁሉን አቀፍ ራስን የማበልጸግ እንቅስቃሴ )


  1. Methodology used

Taking into account the learning styles of children and youth, the training program was conducted in a very interactive and participatory manner.

Suitable training methods for children and youth have been put in place. The training metods include:

  • Interactive presentation
  • Group discussion
  • Simulation games
  • Demonstration
  • Role plays
  • Story telling
  • Debating/dialogue
  • Field activity


  1. Evaluation of the refresher training

At the end of the training participants evaluated the training using a format prepared for the purpose.

        Summary of the final evaluation Result in %
NO         Evaluation point         Excellent         V.good         Good         Poor


Usefulness of the training

        94         6         -         -

Training materials and exercises

        80         20         -         -
        3         Methodology of the training         90         10         -         -

Your confidence to practice what you were thought in class into your life

        80         20         -         -

Trainers performance

        90         10         -         -


As can be seen from the table, large majority of trainees rated the training as excellent in all evaluation points with no any poor rating.

The evaluation depicts that the training has gained quite remarkable appreciation from the participants. The result indicates that the participants were satisfied by the training as they met their expectations.

      Additional Comments/suggestions of participants

  • The training is very attractive and motivational
  • The training managed to ignite our hope
  • We admire the methodology, the films, energizers and trainers performance.
  • Follow up visit after the training should be made to see the new improvements achieved after the training
  • The trainers’ performance deserves great appreciation.
  • The training helped me to boost my confidence
  • The training helped me to speak in front of people
  • The training motivated me to envision my future
  •  We recommend the same training to be given for our friends who do not get this chance.


  1. Closing event, funeral of I cannot do it and other self defeating mentality

At the closing event we have introduced what we call I cannot do it funeral. We have prepared a coffin and every participant child writes all self defeating beliefs in a piece of paper, put it in a coffin SAK prepared for this purpose and bury them together.

  1. Media Coverage

Considering the fact that personal development training for children at school level is new in its kind in the country, the initiative has captured the attention of various Medias in the country. The medias that have reported the new initiative include: FM 90.7 (Ethiopica link), sheger 102.1 (Endalk Ena Mahder), Sheger 102.1 (Tadias Addis), FM 101.1 (Bisrat Radio), Addis Ababa FM 96.4, Addis Ababa TV, VOA Amharic Program and Dire Tube. Click here to watch I cannot do it funeral video.

In addition, the initiative has been reported on Addis Admas weekly News paper and also on Capital English news paper.

Addis Admas

  1. Next steps

The training program has given us the opportunity to know how best children and youth learn personal development issues. We are planning to continue giving the training in week end classes in the new Ethiopian year.

The next steps of our move include:

  • Train our staffs video production to integrate digital clips in our methodology
  • Present our report and concept note to Addis Ababa Education Bureau, Ministry of Women, Children and youth, Addis Ababa Bureau of Women, Children and youth Affairs
  • Present our idea to selected private schools in Addis Ababa so that to run the program in Week end in their premises.