May 2, 2017

LEAP pilot iLEAD - a revamped training programme for teenagers in public schools

In September 2016, LEAP Africa revamped its youth leadership programme for public secondary school students, to the iLEAD Programme, in line with its mission to empower young African leaders by providing the skills and tools required for personal and community transformation.

The YDTP curriculum which was solely designed to enhance the leadership skills of students now encompasses much more under the iLEAD curriculum, featuring interactive sessions on leadership development, life skills development, money management, employability and ethics, all of which are designed to enable students attain their maximum potential, promote youth civic engagement and workplace readiness.  

With the new design, iLEAD still offered as an in-school programme, it prepares teenagers for sustainable poverty eradication, job creation, wealth generation and value re-orientation. In a typical public secondary school in Nigeria, you would find an entrepreneurial haven, where students make ends meet, selling items, products either purchased or self-made. Driven to make a profit, these students apply their limited understanding of entrepreneurship without necessarily understanding the concept to which they have poured their hearts into, which is the capacity and willingness to develop, organize and manage a business venture.

iLEAD is geared towards directing the students through core training on leadership, employability, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, social good among other key areas. It holds in classroom at specific periods for a small group of teenagers enrolled in the programme and led by 27 teachers who have been trained as facilitators at the Training of Trainer (ToT) workshops.

Through this expansive one year programme, LEAP is enabling and providing young people with the choice of venturing into the corporate world or launching careers as entrepreneurs in providing solutions to some of Africa’s problems. The programme currently has 690 secondary school students in senior year 1 in the pilot which is running in two geo-political regions of Nigeria (Lagos and FCT, Abuja).

We believe through the iLEAD programme wields a lot of power to potentially influence the way young Nigerians particularly of those that are disadvantaged in leading positive change, reducing society menace and transforming Africa.

Dec 15, 2016

A Health Clinic for 3200 students

A teacher at the health clinic
A teacher at the health clinic

Setting up a mini clinic seems like a daunting task to embark on for any adult let alone a group of young people, yet the S.S.1 students of Army Children Senior High School, Military Cantonment, Ikeja did just that. Army children school is located in a complex that houses four schools which serve over 3,200 students, yet there was no access to healthcare of any kind. Thus, the YDTP students of Army Children School saw what others would simply deem a problem as an opportunity to make a difference.

The YDTP programme which took place at Army Children’s School over a period of one school year introduced the participating students to the concept of leadership. Over the course of 33 weeks, these fine crop of young people were taken on a journey that changed their mindsets about leadership, enabling them to see that youth are the leaders of today and they embody the ideas and solutions that can transform their communities and nation.

The lessons learnt birthed a desire to change the status quo and set up a clinic to provide basic health amenities to the 3,200 students and teachers within their school complex. Having learnt that leaders do not do all the work themselves, the students developed strategic partnerships with the local government, community chiefs and other key stakeholders to provide the necessary inputs for the mini clinic and ensure that the project was approved.

With an initial take off grant of N30, 000 ($95), determination and a lot of hard work, their dream of a mini-clinic was realized and commissioned on Thursday July 28, 2016 11:00am. The mini-clinic which contains 1 bed, a separate consultation chamber, drugs, complete first aid materials and basic doctor’s diagnosis equipment will serve as an emergency health unit on minor health issues.

 

For us at LEAP, these students exemplify how young people can lead in a variety of ways.

Donate today to the YDTP programme to give teens an opportunity to acquire the skills and tools to take charge of their success and look beyond themselves to what they can do for their communities.

Student speaking at health clinic commissioning
Student speaking at health clinic commissioning
Lagos state representative commissions project
Lagos state representative commissions project
Sep 16, 2016

BIRTHING A GENERATION OF YOUNG CHANGE LEADERS

Students at bore-hole project site
Students at bore-hole project site

A generation is phasing out and a new one is coming in, were the words of Mrs. Ajayi, the representative for the Tutor General, Lagos State Education District at the launch of a community borehole project for a Primary school complex containing four schools, a Home Economics Laboratory and a Computer Lab.

Mrs. Ajayi could not have expressed her thoughts any better than that, as we listened intently to her congratulatory message to the young girls from Clegg Senior High, Surulere who had just completed the final stage of LEAP’s Youth Development Training Programme (YDTP); the Change Project implementation.

The water borehole will serve the school community of more than 4,200 students. Prior to this intervention, the students would have taken long trips to neighboring schools and private residences to fetch water for their daily needs in the school complex. But with this project completed, the students can access clean drinking water within the school compound. The school authorities could not contain their excitement, explaining how relieved they were to welcome the new development.

Clegg Senior High is among six beneficiaries of the YDTP sponsored by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. Other schools include Army Children Senior High School, Military Cantonment, Ikeja, Government Senior College, Ikoyi, Mushin Community Senior High School, Mushin, Birch-Freeman Senior High School, Surulere.

A total number of ten teachers in August 2015 were selected to participate in the Training-of-Trainers (ToT) programme, designed to train teachers on the YDTP curriculum. The leadership based training was completed in July 2016.

Some of these schools have completed ambitious projects, which none envisaged would be possible at the start of the programme. For many of these teachers, training the students has been both challenging and rewarding as they have learned to develop skills that would have been lost to them had they not embarked on this journey. Mr. Adediran, a teacher at Clegg Senior High expressed this succinctly, saying “Teaching the curriculum at first was quite frustrating because the students had already imbibed certain cultures and habits which you are trying to change but I realized soon enough that it was a matter of choice. Engaging in what I believed in; that these students could be better and that they could excel if they were given the tools they needed to climb, has made it a wonderful year for me.”

LEAP was proud to speak with Mary, a beneficiary of the programme, who was appointed the head girl of her school, along with nine prefects who exhibited excellent leadership qualities. Mary says she improved remarkably in her communication and time management skills, and candidly believes she wouldn’t have been better without these lessons. "The training has been really good. And I have improved a lot in my academics. My time management skills especially, is helping me prioritize my studies and do things at the appropriate time. I thank LEAP for coming to my school."

State representative commissions water project
State representative commissions water project
Clegg girls donate mosquito nets to community
Clegg girls donate mosquito nets to community
 
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