Nairobi, 03 July, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The training that members of the Positive Psychology Association of Kenya (PPAK) have organized this month seeks to go beyond the usual focus on “life skills”, an official of the Kenyan entity has said.
In an interview with ACI Africa, the Chairman of PPAK said that the three-day training that is scheduled to start on July 6 in Nairobi will seek to foster ethical living, with participants initiated in character transformation that takes into account both “character strength” and “character values”, which are essential in making ethical decisions.
“What this program means is that life skills alone cannot solve problems, because somebody can have excellent life skills and still be unethical,” Fr. Selvam Sahaya told ACI Africa during the Friday, June 30 interview.
Fr. Selvam shared about the motivation behind the planned training, saying that while many capacity building initiatives have usually focused on imparting life skills, the aspect of character formation has oftentimes been overlooked.
He faulted politicians and Chief executive officers (CEOs) who have gained life skills over the years and keep making unethical decisions. Such leaders, PPAK Chairman said, “are not morally informed; they are not using life skills to make morally right choices for humanity and that is why we need character training.”