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Sunday, September 22, 2013

SeaWeb trains Karkum, Sarang and Basken villagers on communication skills

More than 50 leaders from respective community based groups in Sarang, Basken and Karkum villages participated in a three days workshop on communication skills at Karkum village, Madang, Papua New Guinea.
The workshop was held from the 17-20 September and was facilitated by SeaWeb's PNG Country Program Manager, Adi Anaseini Vesikula Ban in partnership with our local group, Mas Kagin Tapani.
The participants learnt how to use message box as a potential communication tool to identify community issues, problems, steps to address them, solutions that may result from taking on these steps and the benefits that come with it.
They also learnt public speaking skills, how to conduct meetings and how to take meeting minutes.
Speaking on behalf of the participants at the closing of the workshop village magistrate and Sarang community leader, Joe Hurim said this was the first time they have received such a training.  He thanked Ms Ban and myself for building the capacity of his community leaders and assured us that they will surely use the skills in their respective duties at their respective communities.
Ms Ban in accepting this acknowledgement told the participants that she had a perception that they might not understand the content of the course she presented because she had prepared it in English and delivered in both Tok Pidgin and English but the result proved her wrong.
“You guys have proven me wrong!” she stressed.  She was impressed with the group and individual performances of the participants in the various exercises they did and is convinced that the participants will practice what they have learnt.
On behalf of MAKATA I thanked Ms Ban and SeaWeb for giving time to come out and train the villagers in our project sites. This is the first time a partner NGO has come to run a training to local villagers in our project site communities. 
In saying that I also invite other partner stakeholders to come to our project sites and empower communities that share the beaches where the leatherback turtles come to nest with skills that will help them take ownership of their turtle conservation and marine management programs in ways that will improve their livelihood.

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