The church has been playing irreplaceable role in the country development, where parishes and clergies are serving to reach the community at the grass root. Hence, EOC-DICAC has been excelling the historical social responsibility of the church through developing the clergy and parish community capacity and using them as change agent of development interventions. EOC-DICAC has also been enhancing the churches capacity to facilitate their involvement in development and socio-cultural participation in their respective communities. The core interventions the department has been carrying out under inter-church development are categorized as clergy and youth training, and parish based development.
Clergy and youth training
It is a capacity building intervention, which focus on clergy and youths so as to use them as facilitator and actors in the socio-cultural and economic development of their respective community and the church. The church in general has 35,000 Sunday schools and 70,000 volunteer youths. Clergy live with the community and are trusted with due respect by the respective community and constituencies. Therefore, this is an added value for EOC-DICAC to persuade communities and hence execute projects.
In this regard, Sunday school youths and clergymen were trained in natural resources management, agricultural development, leadership, HIV/AIDS prevention and control, community mobilization for routine immunization and immunization and infant and young child feeding, constituency building and holistic development agendas.
Clergy training: The main objectives of the training program are:
- To diversify the capacity of clergies though training in holistic theological and development preaching to use them in disseminating knowledge and skill to their respective parish communities.
- To capacitate clergy with technical knowledge so that they can play a proactive role to mobilize communities towards development interventions.
- To promote the mechanism to coordinate efforts and develop strategy to link clergy training program with EOC-DICAC projects and programs for the efficient implementation of the projects and programs.
- To promote parish church leadership and empowerment of the parish churches for self-reliance and HIV/AIDS control and prevention within and outside EOC-DICAC operational areas.
For this purpose there are seven training centers in the entire country that provides training to adjacent regions/zones.
Table 2 Name and location of clergy training centers
Youth training: The objectives of youth training are:
- To bring attitudinal change among the parishes and the youth for the society social and cultural development.
- To promote active participation of the youth in EOC-DICAC development projects and further,
- To strengthen the capacity of the youth through the provision of appropriate development oriented programs and instruments, which would enable them serve as change agents for their respective communities
- To provide skills for the youth to enhance their competence and commitments for sustainable development.