Dec 23, 2014

Impacting young Nigerian lives: 4 States, New Partnerships

 Abiodun, a teacher from Government Technical College, Agidingbi, Lagos in Nigeria was one of 13 youth trainers who participated in the October ToT workshop to become a YDTP trainer in his school. The workshop is the first stage of the Youth Development Training Programme which is now being taught in several secondary schools in five states.

Since Abiodun completed his training in October he has moved into the second phase of the programme, delivering the curriculum at specific periods within the week in their respective schools to a small group of 30 students. He shares how YDTP has equipped him as a teacher and trainer and its impact on his students.

Prior to the YDTP, the students were always quiet in class and not engaging their teachers in questions. However, in the course of the programme, the students have become responsive and confident to ask questions when unclear about the lessons. For Abiodun, his leadership style has changed owing to session on “Art and Act of Leadership” a module in the curriculum. “I have been able to help my students understand that they can lead wherever they are, and that they don’t have to wait till they are old to lead”.

The best session for him during the ToT was “connecting to your inner self” which he described as revealing. He now understands his strengths,  weaknesses and focuses his mind to achieve his goals. The major challenge in the school is the fact that majority of the students believe that the have been abandoned by their parents and loved ones. Some have referred to as touts due to the conception that Technical colleges are for students who are not set to attend regular secondary schools. This mindset had negatively hampered their performance level, but the programme has given Abiodun the opportunity to change that orientation . Quite a number of them are now very responsive and believe they can put together projects that will benefit the school and the different communities they live in.

This year, LEAP trained 166 teachers increasing its total reach to 259 teachers across the implementing states. Additionally, LEAP formed new partnerships with technical and vocational schools on the  YDTP in Lagos State and till date 1,782 secondary school students have been exposed to the programme.

The students are encouraged to work in teams to create a community project in each school. So far, nine community projects have been implemented with several plans to launch more in the first quarter of 2015. Some of their initiatives include construction of a waste disposal facility in Igbobi Junior School and Lagos City Senior College; environmental sanitation exercise at DIPCLEAUS Private School; creation of Soup Kitchen in Agege environs and a health awareness project in Ikeja; reviving school sanitation in Iganmu Secondary School and visits to School of the Handicapped in Ilesa, Osun State. 

Aug 14, 2014

1,422 students engaged for change

Mock facilitation by a participant at the workshop
Mock facilitation by a participant at the workshop

Between 2013 and 2014, LEAP equipped 193 trainers in five states; Anambra, Lagos, Edo, Ogun and Taraba States  to deliver the leadership modules of the YDTP to young Nigerians.  The trainers comprise of counselors or teachers in private and public secondary schools, faith based and community based organizations with a common interest in youth development in Nigeria. Given the structure of the YDTP, trainers are empowered with life, leadership and facilitation skills before they train youth beneficiaries on the YDTP curriculum.  

Read some of the feedback from our trainers:

  • “I got new values orientation which has made me to determine to be much better from now on; I am determined to affect lives positively and better.”
  • “The workshop has really shown to me that through determination I can achieve a lot in life.”
  • “I learnt that youth can lead starting from today”

Held once weekly over a minimum of three months in schools, sessions (which includes project management, self- awareness, communication, time management, teamwork, principles of leadership) are conducted in classrooms where students learn how to discover and maximize their potential, lead and get involved in social development. LEAP provides instructional materials, student manuals and conducts visits to schools for effective delivery and programme monitoring. So far, the impact has been remarkable – 1,422 young people have been exposed to this training.

Among the first crop of trainees is Ada, a second year senior student in Iganmu Secondary  School, Orile Lagos who says of the programme- ‘I understand that leaders solve problems and people are not necessarily born into leadership roles. I have applied the training to improve myself and to benefit others through my actions in my school and community. Now I am more ambitious, confident, and financially responsible’. The students are encouraged to be more self- aware and to work in groups to implement social change projects which addresses a problem in their local communities to test and demostrate their new skills. For Ada and her classmates in school, their social change project was aimed at creating healthy school atmosphere by observing the school’s designated environmental days to clean rest rooms and maintain an eco-friendly environment.    

Other change projects from the YDTP programme are :  the construction of a modern waste disposal system within Igbobi Junior High School,  clearing environmental waste and building waste facility in Lagos City Senior College and donation of food items to a crowded and underfunded orphanage in Osun State. 

Despite inspiring feedback and stories from our trainers and trainees, LEAP is still far from reaching its goal to train 10,200 students within two years.

In August 2014, LEAP is hosting workshops for about 150 additional trainers in three states- Akwa Ibom, Edo and Abuja while current trainers will continue to receive support to cascade their trainings.

 

We need your support to equip young people like Ada with essential life and leadership skills, please donate to this project. 

Are you working on similar projects or have ideas for this programme, please get in touch with us at www.leapafrica.org or info@leapafrica.org. 

YDTP trainer at Iganmu Secondary School
YDTP trainer at Iganmu Secondary School
YDTP session: Ada and her classmates
YDTP session: Ada and her classmates
New waste system under construction-Igbobi HighSch
New waste system under construction-Igbobi HighSch
Classroom session in Dilpeaus Private School
Classroom session in Dilpeaus Private School
YDTP students in Olasore School,Osun visit a home
YDTP students in Olasore School,Osun visit a home
Olasore students with special kids in the home
Olasore students with special kids in the home
Food items for the orphanage
Food items for the orphanage
Apr 11, 2014

Youth Development Training Programme Update

ToT Class Activity
ToT Class Activity

LEAP Africa, through the support of First Bank Nigeria, Interswitch Limited and Seven- Up Bottling Company held the second edition of its Youth Development Training Programme (YDTP), Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop in Ogun State, Nigeria. The workshop was held at the Conference Room, Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, The Secretariat, Abeokuta- Ogun State, from August 19th through 23rd, 2013. The programme offered participants the opportunity to learn LEAP’s core YDTP curriculum and acquire facilitation skills required to cascade this curriculum to youth beneficiaries within their spheres of influence. The first edition held of the ToT held in Lagos from April 22- 26, 2013, where 50 teachers and youth association representatives were trained on the YDTP curriculum.

Recruitment and Attendance

LEAP shared the YDTP call l for application across its online portals, social media platforms, NNGO networks, Ogun State Ministry of Education, Private School Associations and Religious Associations. 50 participants were accepted to the workshop, however, 45 signed up to commence the 5-day training programme.

Workshop Activity Details

The programme offered core sessions on the Youth Development Training Programme (YDTP) curriculum. The sessions included interactive exercises, case studies, games and group discussions on the following topics:

Connecting to Our Inner selves/Self Portrait, Leadership Game, The Act and Art of Leadership, Leadership for Change, Developing your Personal Mission Statement, Visioning and Goal Setting, Introduction to Moral Ethics, Communication Skills, Creativity, Networking, Project Planning & Management, Budgeting & Fund Raising, Time Management, Introduction to Moral Ethics, Patriotism & Social Responsibility, Introduction to Facilitation, Tools & Techniques for Effective Facilitation, Mock Facilitation

Facilitation Training

Two LEAP trainers led the training sessions supported by two LEAP volunteer. Each participant was provided with a training manual and facilitator’s guide. The participants also took part in a 2-day mock facilitation session. At the end of the workshop, participants were briefed on next steps which included; drafting their programme implementation plans, selecting 30 youth beneficiaries each for cascade training, receiving ongoing support from LEAP during their cascade trainings to youth  beneficiaries.

Suggested Areas for Improvement

Some of the feedback shared by participants are list below:

  • “School principals should also be invited to take part in this training so they can give teachers some level of support when stepping down the training to the students”
  • “More schools and teachers should know about this programme. It is a ‘must have’ in every school especially the government owned schools”
  • “The training of trainers should be structured as residential i.e. accommodation should be provided for the participants during the 5- day programme”
  • “Make provision for trained teachers to be able to train 2 more teachers in their schools peradventure the trained teacher gets transferred to another school”

Excerpts from Feedback Forms Circulated During the Workshop

  • “The training programme has been fantastic and educative.”
  • “Very interactive sessions; Good facilitators who understand the curriculum and the delivery.”
  • The session on ‘Building Self Confidence’ has made me realize that you cannot become great in life without believing in yourself.
  • “I enjoyed the fact that every session was introduced with a game or class activity which made it easier for me to connect to the main topic”
  • The open group discussions helped me build my self confidence. I sometimes find it difficult to express myself in such activities”
  • “I learnt that it is good to brainstorm with others no matter the age group”
  • “The training was excellent because one topic leads to another and they are all linked to leadership”
  • “I never thought that it was necessary for me to have a mission statement, I look forward to cascading the curriculum to youth within my network”

Post ToT/ LEAP’s Next Steps

  • LEAP added the programme beneficiaries’ details to its mailing list, providing them with monthly updates and offering ongoing support.
  • LEAP will support the teachers, guidance counselors and youth trainers in developing the best approach to cascade the YDTP curriculum to the youth beneficiaries.
  • The youth manuals will be delivered to the trainers as soon as their implementation plans have been approved by LEAP.
  • LEAP will send introductory letters to YDTP participating school principals to ensure their full buy-in and support of the trainers.
  • LEAP will monitor the cascading component of the programme over the next 12 months to ensure quality in the delivery and also give support to trainers experiencing challenges with the curriculum deliver. Each trainer will train 30 youth. By August 2014, a total of 1350 Nigerian youth will have been trained by the trainers on LEAP Africa's YDTP curriculum.

On behalf of the Board and staff of LEAP Africa, we would like to thank you for your generous support through your financial contributions towards the Youth Development Training Programme (YDTP).This gesture reaffirms your belief in the mission and objectives of LEAP Africa and your commitment to supporting us in our efforts to develop dynamic, innovative and principled African leaders. LEAP is committed to recognizing your contribution in our newsletter, annual report and website. Once again, thank you for your wonderful support. We look forward to making more positive impact through your support.

We are very happy to receive your suggestions and feedback on areas we can further improve on the YDTP project and possible collaboration for increased impact and wider support.

LEAP is also approaching other individuals, key influencers is the youth development space and corporate organizarions to support the programme so we can have a wider reach and create more impact.

Session Delivery
Session Delivery
Trained Trainers
Trained Trainers
LEAP Facilitator
LEAP Facilitator
Youth Beneficiaries
Youth Beneficiaries

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