Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal

by Women LEAD
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Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
SLP Participants during their virtual graduation!
SLP Participants during their virtual graduation!

As a constituent of our year-long LEAD Course, our 2020 LEADers conducted the School Leadership Program (SLP) where they were paired together to co-lead weekly workshops for grade nine students over the period of three months.

Despite the pandemic, our LEADers conducted the SLP in 13 different schools with 193 young girls and boys where they spent 10 virtual sessions learning important skills like public speaking, teamwork, effective communication, and time management among others. They were also introduced to key topics like gender-based violence and civic engagement.

Through sessions like communication styles, goal setting, leadership, and followership, the participants gained the skills, knowledge, and inspiration they need to become the leaders of tomorrow. This is how one of the SLP Participants, Roji, describes the School Leadership Program – “SLP has been a positive turning point in my life as it has helped me boost my confidence, improve my communication skills and raise my self-esteem. Everyone in my family and friends have seen a lot of changes in me. Now, I am able to stand up for myself and what I believe in; I speak up when someone mistreats me and others. and all my thanks goes to the LEADers and Women LEAD Nepal.”

One of the main highlights of SLP was the virtual graduation ceremony where the participants were able to put the skills they had learned into practice by speaking to the audience with confidence and zeal. Even though the ceremony took place virtually, it was delightful to see the parents and teachers as the audience to celebrate our participant’s accomplishments. Following the footsteps of their role models, our 2020 LEADers, the young SLP participants took up the stage and spoke confidently about what they’ve learned and how much they’ve grown in the past four months. 

SLP Participant, Sumit, shares “SLP was a place where we got to know many things which are important in our future life as well as in the present. I have learned many things from SLP and I plan to implement them. I am very happy that I got a chance to be a part of SLP.”  

 The main aim of our SLP is to empower our LEADers to become role models for their juniors. One of our 2020 LEADer shares, “In these last 3 months we have seen these young boys and girls following direction, taking up challenges, overcoming fears, and spreading positivity. We are very proud of what they have achieved and honored to celebrate their successful journey.” Prerana, 2020 LEADer

Stay tuned for more updates from our 2020/21 LEAD Course in the upcoming months!

Roji, 2020 SLP Participant
Roji, 2020 SLP Participant
Sumit, 2020 SLP Participant
Sumit, 2020 SLP Participant
Prerana, 2020 LEADer
Prerana, 2020 LEADer

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2020 LEADers attending virtual Fight Back session.
2020 LEADers attending virtual Fight Back session.

Women LEAD’s 2020 LEAD Course kicked off on 29th Aug with the two-week long Leadership Institute this year. Adapting to the “new normal” brought about by the COVID19 pandemic, the 2020/21 LEAD Course is being conducted virtually via zoom sessions and we have planned our session accordingly until it is safer to do in-person sessions. 

Despite the pandemic, we received applications from all over Nepal from young girls to secure a spot in the program. After a competitive selection process, 30 amazingly passionate young girls were shortlisted as our 2020 LEADers. Throughout the 2 weeks-long Leadership Institute (conducted virtually) and beyond, our 2020 LEADers have been demonstrating keen interest to learn new concepts/subjects,  deep passion, and great enthusiasm.

“I could see some girls who'd never put their opinions forward, speaking during the sessions towards the end of the Leadership Institute. The ones who spoke more, stepped down for others to step up.” - Yuki, 2019 LEADer

After the Leadership Institute, our 30 LEADers have been actively engaged and involved in various other sessions like mentor-mentee events, virtual self-defense sessions among others. Our programs team and LEADers are now preparing for their School Leadership Program.

School Leadership Program (SLP) like the 2020 LEAD Course will be conducted virtually this year. Our LEADers will receive a 2 day-long orientation on 17th and 18th Dec 2020 to prepare them as they begin their SLP journey. 

Reflecting on her SLP journey, our 2016 LEADer and current Fundraising Intern, Shreya, says that the whole journey of SLP was very empowering. She further added, "SLP is one of the most enriching learning experiences of my life; I still apply those skills in my life. My current involvements require me to work with youths and my SLP experience has definitely helped me in dealing and connecting with youths."

Yuki, 2019 LEADer
Yuki, 2019 LEADer
Shreya, 2016 LEADer and 2020 Fundraising Intern
Shreya, 2016 LEADer and 2020 Fundraising Intern

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2019 LEADer Asmita during Leadership Institute
2019 LEADer Asmita during Leadership Institute

Women LEAD gives me a reason to move ahead, to never undermine myself, to never give up on things that matter, and to be the Fire! 

Women LEAD’s year-long LEAD course has made me more aware of who I am as a person than I was ever before. Realizing and advocating for issues I passionately care about (during advocacy projects) to developing myself both personally and professionally, I have grown tremendously as an individual over the year. My journey of learning and growth has been ongoing, since, as Women LEAD’s LEADer 2019 and now as a Programs Intern.

At Women LEAD I felt empowered around my amazing 29 fellow LEADErs and its staff who constantly motivated me to challenge my comfort zone. Conducting School Leadership Program (SLP) was quite challenging for me. From visiting different schools, liaising with people in authority to conducting a 4-month long SLP for 20+ grade 9 students, I found myself pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone. Reflecting back, I am amazed by the level of confidence I’ve built over those 4 months and throughout the entire program. 

Due to the pandemic, LEAD Course 2019 had to go virtual midway but our enthusiasm and zeal to make the best out of the situation had never been higher. Our Advocacy Project Week, Professional Development Week, and even our Graduation was conducted virtually. I am very interested in Politics and aspire to Nepal’s First Female Prime Minister. During the Advocacy Project Week, my team and I conducted our project, entitled “Samnivesa”, that aimed at raising awareness among young boys and girls (aged15-19 years) about the importance of Politics and the role of Youths. I am grateful to have gotten the opportunity to work on a project so close to my heart and to have taken one small step towards my future goal.  

After our LEAD course Graduation, Women LEAD opened doors to more opportunities; one of them being the internship program at Women LEAD Nepal. Over the year, I was constantly amazed by my seniors who were, then, working as Interns. I also noticed how well they handled their responsibilities and managed to support and guide us throughout. They inspired me to apply for the internship program.

It has been a little over a month since I started working as one of the Programs Interns at Women LEAD Nepal. Although it is virtual right now, I am learning a lot of things. With the urge to learn and explore myself I am realizing that I have, now, stepped into the real world. This has to be the best platform to enhance my professional skills with the use of the knowledge I gained during the LEAD courses while working alongside equally passionate and motivated individuals.

2019 LEAder Asmita with her fellow LEADers
2019 LEAder Asmita with her fellow LEADers

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Our SLP Students at their Graduation
Our SLP Students at their Graduation

Thank you so much for all of you who donated to our Girl Fund campaign to support the next generation of boy and girl leaders in Nepal. We're happy to announce that we were able to raise $1793 from the campaign which will make a huge positive difference in the lives of boys and girls in Nepal.

Since our last update, Women LEAD has empowered 272 boys and girls with skills in leadership and knowledge about key topics such as public speaking, gender stereotypes, youth issues and sexual and reproductive health through our School Leadership Program (SLP).

Through the program, which is facilitated by our 2019 LEADers (girls in their final year of high school) our girl and boy participants not only gained this new knowledge and skills, but new female role models to look up to. 

In late February, our SLP participants graduated and shared their reflections about their experiences during the program:

"Through the SLP, I learnt how to solve problems and study well. If I didn't attend the program, I wouldn't have been utilizing my weekends in a good way. Through the program I have also learnt to be self-motivated and confident. I used to be shy but now I can speak in front of all of you" - Smile, SLP Student.

"Women's empowerment is crucial for the development of Nepal. Not only females need to be part of it, but men also- everyone needs to be involved. The entire society needs to learn to respect the dignity, existence and value of women and unit to support them" - Jessica, SLP Student.

Our 2019 LEADers also shared how the program has helped them to grow their leadership skills:

"SLP makes a student look differently towards the world and their process of learning. I enjoyed the journey of teaching students and also getting to learn from them" - Apsana, 2019 LEADer

Now that our SLP students have graduated, we can't wait to see how they will continue to utilize the learnings they have gained in their schools, families and communities.

SLP Student Smile Speaking at his Graduation
SLP Student Smile Speaking at his Graduation
An SLP student during a session of the program
An SLP student during a session of the program
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2019 LEADers Apsana and Raisha
2019 LEADers Apsana and Raisha

Our year-long LEAD Course empowers thirty female class twelve students (LEADers)  through a deep dive into leadership. After the two-week-long Leadership Institute, our LEADers pair up and apply their leadership knowledge and skills to co-lead weekly workshops for Grade 9 boys and girls through use their knowledge and skills through the School Leadership Program (SLP) over a four-month period. 

 

This year, 2019 LEADers Raisha and Apsana were paired together to deliver the SLP. Both have already bonded well with each other and are actively encouraging each other to be empowered. 

 

“Being born as a single child I always craved for a sibling. Through the SLP, I was paired with Apsana. We bonded so easily from the beginning that it felt like I had met my long lost sister. Whether it be it talking about something professional or personal, Apsana is always there to listen to me. She is such a nice, humble, wise and assertive person, who is always full of energy. Leading the SLP together has been a wonderful experience and a process of growing and learning together.”- Raisha, 2019 LEADer

 

“Raisha is a hardworking and positive person. Every time, I tell her about any opportunities or challenges, she motivates me by saying that I can do it and that she believes me. There are times when I couldn't attend Women LEAD and SLP sessions, but she has always helped me to cover for me. Honestly, I couldn't have asked for a better co-LEADer than her. “ - Apsana, 2019 LEADer

 

Although it has only been two months since they were paired together, Apsana and Raisha have already created an amazing bonding and will continue to support each other in their SLP journey, as our other co-LEADer pair have from previous years. 

 

Raisha and Apsana are very grateful for the inspiration and support they can draw from each other. Raisha says,  “Apsana is a fierce person who is set on her journey of inspiring so many people. I am thankful for getting this amazing human as my co-leader, but more than co-leader I would call her my sister."

 

Stay tuned for more updates from our 2019/2020 LEAD Course in the coming months!




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