From 6 to 8 December 2011, MOT South Africa trained 52 new MOT presenters to facilitate the MOT programmes with the youth in the FET colleges and secondary schools. Sigrun Vårvik, Manager of MOT international, Elin and Lars Erik Hauklien from MOT Namibia, Nizaam Pasha from College of Cape Town, Trish van der Merwe from Northlink College and Wanda Möller, the CEO of MOT South Africa, facilitated the workshops. For the first time, presenters were trained simultaneously for both the Junior and Secondary phase MOT programmes.
The Junior phase programme focuses on youth between the ages of 12 to 16 years, whereas the Senior phase programme focuses on youth between the ages of 16 to 21 years. During the three days, participants learned the core values of MOT –Courage to live, Courage to care and the Courage to say no, and how to help the youth to adopt these values. The training also included various MOT class session demonstrations, the theoretical foundation of the MOT programmes, presentation techniques and training in role-plays.
It was very encouraging to have two new secondary schools joining the MOT programme; South Peninsula High School in Diep River and Buren High School in Ysterplaat. Some of the impressions and feedback of the workshop delegates were:
- This is the way out for the youth! MOT South Africa is a dream that came true!
- MOT can be a useful vehicle for behavioural change.
- Very interactive; I had an awesome time!
- You have given us the tools for success in building a better nation.
- Very informative, practical & fun.
- MOT is an excellent programme for our youth!!!
- This experience was much needed in my life. An attitude change will make a difference in my life as well as those around me.
- Thank you for reminding me why I do what I do!!
- It opened my mind about life.
- Now I realise how students feel. I did not know all these nice techniques.
- It opened my mind on how to make learning interesting for the students.
- It was stunning – I never use to look at life in this way.
- I feel very inspired to be part of MOT.
- MOT made me realise who I am.
- South Africa needs an organisation like MOT.
- Now I am reminded again of my calling. I will go out and continue to make a difference.