Three workshops were held at Peace Garden for members of Friends Evangelical Church Rwanda:
25-27 February – Youth
28 February – 2 March – Women
4-6 March – Leaders
Altogether 68 people took part – 27 youth, 22 women and 19 leaders. They all showed great enthusiasm for the skills they learnt, both for themselves and for helping others.
All participants made personal action plans (although some of the youth group left their plans behind!). The first two workshops also made group action plans for their churches, involving passing on the skills to others. It was not relevant to the third group as they had all come from different churches, and also their personal plans covered their church activities.
Participants also filled in evaluation forms, either in English or in Kinyarwanda (then translated). These showed that considerable learning had taken place, and have already been sent to the organisers. Interestingly, different participants picked out different exercises and skills as particularly relevant to them. All appreciated and learnt from the opportunity to share in small groups. Several said ‘Please come back!’
All participants enjoyed the use of art materials to do drawings, paintings and clay work. I had brought materials from the UK, and organisers in Rwanda found supplies of very good paper, and of clay. The materials that remain should last for a long time for future workshops (with care for felt tip pens and paint brushes), and I hope similar art materials may be available in Rwanda in the future. The young people in particular enjoyed the use of paints and clay.
And it is possible to do the Anger Management work without art materials, using verbal methods as for other trainings. The use of art materials provides a richer more reflective experience. The handouts can be used with or without art materials.