CHILDREN WITH BIG IDEAS….They Listened, They Learned!

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LEAPS Programme’s Co-ordinator, Ukwori Ejibe with YDTP Trainer David Omololu with students at the ceremony.

“There were challenges implementing the change projects; it’s either you overcome the challenges or you let the challenges overcome you – we chose to overcome them” (Rasheedat Ayorinde, YDTP 2015).

On Friday February 13th, 2015, twenty- four (24) students graduated from the Youth Development Training Programme at Agidingbi Senior Secondary School, Ikeja. The graduation ceremony was organized to mark the completion of the YDTP designed to deliver leadership training to young secondary school students in Nigeria. In attendance were Alhaji O.T Bakare (Principal), Vice Principals, Heads of departments teachers and students.

It was truly a remarkable day for the students that successfully completed the training, owing to the fact that they were able to implement three (3) social change projects in three developmental projects in the Agege and Agidingbi communities in Lagos State. Their change projects include a Soup Kitchen in Agege Area of Lagos State, a Health Fair in Agidingbi, Ikeja and Edufunfunds – Dream Starters savings club currently resident at Agidingbi Senior Grammar School with a vision of expanding to other public schools in Lagos State. Edufunfunds has a unique poverty and unemployment reduction strategy and seeks to provide a self-sustaining platform that empowers world future world leaders

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Certificate presentation from school principal

According to David Aiyeola, the YDTP trainer for Agidingbi Senior Grammar School, the 12-months intensive programme transformed passive students of Agidingbi senior grammar school into responsible and impact seeking teenagers who have set clear goals and are ready to commence their journey with a positive outlook. David is one of the 193 YDTP trainers equipped in five states: Anambra, Lagos, Edo, Ogun and Taraba States with the funding support of First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Interswitch Nigeria and Seven- Up Bottling Company Plc. These trainers have continued to deliver the leadership curriculum in various secondary schools and communities across the states with the drive to promote innovative thinking and inspire positive community transformations which ultimately contributes to national development across Nigeria.

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The graduating students feel that they have been empowered to stand out as examples in the school but most importantly as mentors for the new YDTP class.

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LEAP would like to give a special thanks to our funders, First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Interswitch Nigeria, Seven- Up Bottling Company Plc, Lagos State Ministry of Education, the principal Alhaji O.T Bakare the school counsellors : Mrs Ogundiran and Mrs. Adeyemo and our most important stakeholders, the students of Agidingbi Senior Secondary School who successfully completed the YDTP and took great strides to make an even greater impact in the community.

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