Connecting local responses around the world
It was time for the “Dream building” session with the trainees of the Police Force training school of which there were two batches, No. 91 and No. 94. Two days of exercises related to HIV/AIDS has always been allocated to the entire training programme. A SALT visit to conduct dream building was part of the two days session. But one could imagine the setting, a regimental batch of trainees. On arrival to the venue, they were already gathered and on introduction, the greeting was “Good morning sir!” These were young males and females pursuing their dream as police men and women and I could envision tenseness in the room and realized that an “Ice breaker” would be appropriate. I was temped to tell them relax but refrained since I thought that because of their training that would not release the tension they were feeling. I offered a joke and asked for one in reply. Almost in unison, everyone called on one of their colleague. The mood changed with the laughter.
My colleagues and I invited the trainees to share their hopes and concern, which they did enthusiastically. Then the actual time for building dreams, where the 48 trainees were divided into six groups and each group member was asked to write their own dream. The individual dreams were share with group members then each group was asked to illustrate the group’s dream in drawing. One trainee feedback: “When you see me in’t feel sleepy know that this session was interesting.” This was a trainee known to be nodding off to sleep during the classroom sessions and not once in a while but had become a frequent feature and was popular among the trainees. The surprise for us was when the trainees requested to keep the drawings and sought the permission of their supervisor permission to put them up where they can regularly see them and be reminded about the dreams the formulated together. Then the trainees also requested the team of Facilitators to return to conduct other HIV sessions with them.
Everyone expressed meaningful association with the dream “For the world to live in love; don’t discriminate” with a BIG drawn heart and LOVE written in it.