I conducted an Academic Excellence Seminar from 15-17 January 2010. It was organised and hosted by the Christian life Centre Church at Faniufa, Goroka, for its Grade 8 to University students. A good number attended from the surrounding community and other churches in Goroka Town as well.
The seminar was conducted in 3 sessions as follows:
Session # 1: Seven Steps To Academic Excellence
Session # 2: Study Tips For Enhanced Academic Performance
Session # 3: Distractions And Pressures Faced by Students
I emphasised that all students have the potential to excell - meaning they all can score A's or Distinctions. If other students can do it, they can do it too, seeing we are all designed the same way. It all depended on how they used the minds and their time.
I also emphasised the importance of believing in God but also in themselves. I shared many positive statements to inspire self-belief. One such statement was this: "I will aim for the moon, and if I fall short, I still land among the stars." It was well-received, and I know that many of them took it as their personal motto.
The response was very positive. Many parents attended the seminar as well, and commented favourably on it. Some even testified that they found it beneficial for themselves more than the students.
Towards the end we prayed over the students and commissioned them to the Lord and the 2010 Academic Year. I believe that we will hear some good reports at the end of the year.
I have discussed the seminar with several secondary schools. I look forward to conducting it to motivate and empower Papua New Guinean students to believe in themselves and succeed academically for their good but also for the country and humanity at large.