Building Leadership Capacity amongst the Youth
The need to equip the country’s youth with leadership based upon ethics and morality, decency and respect for others and/or their property has, in recent times, dominated our national discourse. The fault lies largely in the demise or ineffectiveness of institutions that society relies upon to educate and nurture its young. Consequently, the country’s youth is growing up without keen awareness or proper appreciation of the roles and responsibilities of leadership.
This initiative seeks to organize, host and conduct a variety of advocacy activities – ranging from seminars, group-based workshops, debate, dialogue and conversations. These activities will be supported by an array of active learning activities that are designed to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of key aspects of leadership. More importantly, participants will be encouraged to learn the art of personal mastery of own strengths/weaknesses; needs, aspirations and expectations; how to cope with situations or problems that lead to loss of self-esteem, self-confidence and self-doubt and so forth. Further, the initiative will provide ample avenues that will expose young people to situations that will help shape their growth as capable and self-assured leaders.
As with the women leadership initiative, the youth leadership sub-programme will create or offer opportunities to promote contact, exposure and collaborative learning between rural- and urban-based participants. Preliminary work carried out in this area to date has shown that it is one of the most effective avenues for the promotion of balanced learning processes. Bringing together women and young people from diverse social, cultural or communal backgrounds serves to enhance learning through the exchange of experiences, problems or challenges. Women or youth whose lives are locked up in remote and under-resourced rural communities have ample opportunity to share and compare – with their urban-based counterparts – ways of coping with problems that afflict both women and youth across different communities. More importantly, this enables women and youth from remote rural communities to express a sense of being cut off from the mainstream of democracy and its developmental processes or initiatives.