3 Days Capacity Building Workshop



A three-day capacity building workshop was organized by CEFAID, Oka for the Health Care Providers in Akoko S/West to improve and strengthen their knowledge and skills with a view to promoting better services in the areas of adolescent reproductive health and to achieve HIV/AIDS prevention among adolescent and young people within and outside the local government. And also to introduce the principle of adolescent friendly health services to health care providers.

The workshop commenced with Executive Director welcoming the participants to the workshop, after which a brief session of introduction followed where participants and facilitators got to introduce themselves.

After the sessions on aims, objectives and ground rules, Dr. Alo gave a brief overview of adolescent problems at different stages, the meaning of adolescent, roles of parents and health care providers in adolescent health issues. The ED facilitated the session on Sexuality education. She defined sexuality education as the totality of whom one is and what makes one a complete human being, she clarified that it goes beyond sex. She encouraged participants to freely discuss this topic because it will help them in counseling and communicate effectively as health care providers.



The second day of the workshop started with brief reflections on the issues discussed the first day. Dr. Alo led the participants through the session on harmful traditional practices. He identified some of the practices like tribal marks, early marriage, widowhood practice and female genital mutilation. He described these practices as barbaric which are not scientifically proven or biblically supported. He charged health care providers to discourage parents from such practices.

Mrs. Okurinmeta (Executive Director) facilitated the session on sexual attitude and values clarification. This session centered on values, how to clarify values, pricing values and sources of value etc. She also discussed issues in communication; the meaning, channels, and characteristics of a good communicator. She categorized types of communication into human, animal, and machine.  

Mrs. Funke Aruna shared ideas about counseling and its techniques. According to her, counseling can be defined as a client – centered interactive communication process which helps one to make free and informed decisions about their personal behavior and provides support to sustain that behavior. The session also explored qualities of a good counselor. A counseling exercise was dramatized to illustrate the points of the session


THIRD DAY: 9th of September, 2005

The third day began with the participants reflecting briefly on the key learning points of the previous day. The ED guided participants through the principles of adolescent health services. She mentioned laid emphasis on health care providers giving youth-friendly services to the youth, these, she said must be quality, accessible and affordable to the youth.


Apex, a facilitator, took the participants through the facility and reception/client flow procedure. He explained that the best way Health Care Provider, HCP, should attend to their clients for continuous patronage their Health Care centers; HCP must be accommodating, have good listening skills, be knowledgeable, nonjudgmental etc.

He also mentioned that health care facilities must be youth focused and friendly. The seating room must be well arranged to suit the youth. The chairs and tables must be well positioned for closeness. A playlet was acted to illustrate the issues raised in the session.

Mrs. Funke Aruna shared knowledge on general adolescent history taking. She explained the important elements of history taking which included; creating rapport, making people happy and confidentiality etc. |Finally, history taking will help you to know more about your clients for good counseling and recommendations.

A facilitator, Mr. Funso Aluko, took the participants through the session on conflict resolution and management. He said we can not do without conflict because when two or more people gather together they generate news ideas and there will be differences in their perceptions. This will lead to conflict.

Conflict can come up in any place at an anytime e.g. church, organization, school etc. Therefore we should be ready to manage the crisis at every time. He also explained how to write a report. He mentioned types of the report as financial report, summary report etc.

Mr. Folami Kunle discussed the issues of leadership; who are leaders, their qualities, and types of a leader.


The workshop is well organized and successfully executed by the management. Management should put the constraints observations, recommendations into consideration for the success of the subsequent workshop.


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