The National Management Team (NMT) comprising of project heads and Senior Management Staff under the arm of SOS Children’s Villages Sierra Leone (BO, Makeni and Freetown) have held their National Management Team (NMT) workshop at Makama Lodge in Makeni village from the 20-23rd June 2017, in a bid to capacitate staff performance and understanding of internal operational procedures.
According to Dr Prince .A. Cummings, National Director, “the objective of the workshop is to ensure that focus is drawn to the Strategic Development of SOS Sierra Leone National Association and its Future, to further provide a forum for discussions for various sections and their operation, to also ensure that NMT staff are well informed about the polices and procedures of SOS Sierra Leone National Association and finally to create a platform through which co-workers interact thereby building trust and team spirit all in the best interest of our children and youths”
The first day of the workshop started with opening prayers, registration and introduction of participants with a welcoming statement from Dr Richard Konteh former Chief of Staff and GM of the Makama Lodge Hotel. Speaking to the NMT Staff Dr Konteh expressed his utmost satisfaction to SOS Children’s Villages Sierra Leone for choosing to host their workshop at his lodge and added some motivational words to the NMT staff. He said “a retreat is very tactical, as it helps bring people/workers closer and helps to move organizations forward and I am motivating you all to make the very best out of this workshop to enable you give back to the society and most importantly being able to take proper care of the children being entrusted to you and run SOS Children’s Villages in the manner that will make you a force to reckon with. I wish you all a pleasant stay and a successful retreat”.
The National Director, Dr. Prince Cummings gave a presentation on his Strategic Direction for SOS Children’s Villages Sierra Leone for the year 2017. NMT members were informed about policies of SOS Children’s Villages Sierra Leone and the strategic vision for 2017. Dr Cummings Presentation targeted effectiveness in Administrations, a well structural and balanced educational system within the schools, recruitment policies, Staff Appraisal and work plans. He also delved into the tactical aspect of Programming which is the very essence why SOS Children’s Villages Sierra Leone is still in operations.Different issues were discussed. He concluded by giving the strategic focus of the whole federation for unto the year 2030 which is been tagged as 2030 Strategic Plan
All Heads of Department from the SOS Hermann Gmeiner and Kindergarten schools and project heads gave brief presentations on operational procedures, policies and included sharing of their half year report with achievements and challenges.Presentations were done on administrative procedures, financial procedures, Internal and external Communications and Branding, Sponsorship Procedures, logistics and updates from the youth hotels, schools and the SOS Hermann Gmeiner International College/Technical Vocational Institute.
The workshop climaxed on the 23 June with a little celebration to commemorate the SOS International Day which is celebrated the 23 June every year all across the world where SOS Children’s Villages is located.