Taha Frefir (YES 2018 - 2019, Libya, hosted by Ayusa in San Antonia, TX)
As a YES student I learned, gained many and many skills during my YES experience! The most important skill was learning how to make something out of nothing, and to fix problems whenever needed.
Since I came back home and started university, I have noticed that some of my classmates struggled with the fear of public speaking and how to prepare a presentation. After some time, I came up with the idea of holding a workshop about presentation skills, public speaking and classroom management. The workshop was called “BOOSTER” because we wanted the students to gain certain skills in a record time.
Making the workshop happen was a bit challenging at first, since we had limited funds and didn’t know how to support the initiative. However, that did not stop me. I collaborated with a friend and together we designed, created the content, and organized the activities for the workshop. I also reached out to a photographer to take pictures during the event.
The workshop was held on March 2nd, at Tripoli University. 25 people attended the event, which lasted for two and a half hours. Throughout the workshop, we held group and individual activities aimed to widen the participants’ knowledge in the desired three main goals of the workshop: 1) Presentation 2) Public Speaking and 3) Classroom Management.
It was refreshing to see that despite of the ongoing conflict in Libya, there are still people striving to improve themselves, gain new skills, and expand their social circle. The workshop was a great experience for me as well. It gave me the chance to develop my skills as a facilitator and presenter, also, it allowed me the opportunity to meet all the attendees. This event wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the support of the YES and the Workshop for Youth Leaders in English Teaching (WYLET) that equipped me with the teaching and leadership skills needed to make my event happen. I will keep looking for ways to make the best out of every situation even if the circumstances don’t help, leaders always adjust with what they have.
Taha has done a great job of continuing to share lessons learned during his YES year with his community back home in Libya! Read about another workshop Taha held here!