BEST Society Sponsors Business Training for 37 Village Leaders

Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies (BEST) Society, an NGO in Sabah, Malaysia, which has been actively implementing community projects in the last few years in Kudat sponsored 37 leaders (12 females and 25 males) from several villages in Pitas (Kg Mandamai, Kg Tutuwoon, Kg Lugu, Kg Dandum, Kg Kobon, Kg Ontolob and Kg Perupok) and Kota Marudu (Kg Samparita, Kg Pelipikan, Kg Malangkap Darat & Tengah, Kg Gana, Kg Marak Parak, Kg Mogis and Kg Pompodon) to attend leadership training at the Canaan Farmers Institute from 2nd to 5th April, 2014.

The three days two nights programme focused on helping the locals to cultivate higher self-esteem so that they are ready to take bigger roles in their community. BEST Society believes that education and capacity building programme are the answer to poverty eradication and to stimulate the economy of the locals.

During the three days training, the presentation and discussions were centred on the topic of “History of Canaan Pioneers”, “Spirit and Life of Pioneer” and “Towards Pioneering”. They were also taken on a tour to fish farm and also providing hands-on learning on vegetable farming and palm oil plantation including the technique of preparing fertilizer enzyme.

On the last day of the programme, the leaders worked in group and discussed together what they have learned throughout the three days training and presented it in the class.

“We wish to thank BEST Society for sponsoring this training. We learned how to become a pioneer / leader by applying the concept of pioneering spirit in our daily life as an individual and community. We were exposed to high discipline throughout the three days at Canaan Farm Institute by shouting motto and following table manners”, said Ainie Anayun, representative of the local leaders.

This programme is just one of BEST Society’s series of community programmes that lined up to train the locals and empower them for life transformation. The total expenses incurred for this training was RM4,440.00.

Other similarly beneficial programmes that BEST Society has organized for the local communities include Camp Lemaing and Organic Farm, just to name a few. The objective of both projects is to provide employment opportunity and increase their income.

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The village leaders registering themselves at Canaan Farm Institute

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“Let’s change”

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Group discussion with the lecturer

Hands-on training at the vegetable farm

Hands-on training at the vegetable farm

Visit to a fish farm

Visit to a fish farm

Village leaders listening to the explanation on vegetable plantation.

Village leaders listening to the explanation on vegetable plantation.

The leaders are taught the technique to collect the fresh fruits bunch from the oil palm trees

The leaders are taught the technique to collect the fresh fruits bunch from the oil palm trees

Watering the vegetable using enzyme water

Watering the vegetable using enzyme water

Group photo after field work

Group photo after field work

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