Kairos Ghana May 2012.JPGA week-long training was recently conducted in Johannesburg, South Africa by Ptr. Keith Koster, Int’l. Training Coordinator for Kairos.
Trainers came from all over Africa, from as far afield as Ethiopia. The program covered all areas of training in Kairos – Facilitators Training Course (FTC), Head Facilitators Training Course (HFTC), National Coordination Team Training (NCTT) and the New Nations Coordination Team Training (NNCTT).
The participants were divided into groups and each group was given the role of acting as a “National Coordination Team” for a mystery country represented by a flag stuck to their tables. Each team was to not only act as NCT but also to strategize how to get Kairos into a given country. The NCTs came to grips with many of the issues and challenges that they needed to deal with in running Kairos and many of them came to realize the major role that NCs play in the Kairos family. It was a week of intense study, reevaluating, brainstorming, relationship building, networking and strategizing.
Here are what some of the delegates had to say:
“The training and having people from different contexts was a great encouragement, experiencing it made me begin to feel like we were part of a movement. My level of commitment to the Kairos experience and movement has been tremendously enhanced and so I can say my zeal is now directed by knowledge.” Brian, South Africa
“I enjoyed seeing the big picture, how things fall into place and understanding the structures. It was good to reflect on how Kairos has been done in the past in Mozambique. It was quite scary seeing the things that haven’t been done right but I was glad we were given help on how to fix things and how to restructure.” Sue Fosse, Mozambique
“I have enjoyed the strategic nature of looking at how to take Kairos forward. We are working with something flexible we can contribute, provide feedback about what works and what does not. It allows for ownership and not just engaging in something. I also enjoyed the lessons on contextualization of the training and keeping LRP’s (Least Reached Peoples) at the forefront.” Alan, South Africa