Over the past 2 years, LEAP has taken its leadership and life skills curriculum to 10 public secondary schools within Lagos State in its iLEAD Programme. It signed up new schools into the Programme with the support of a United Way Worldwide grant on behalf of the generosity of Citi Foundation.

To achieve a full cycle of impact among schools, every academic year, LEAP accommodates more schools and consequently more student beneficiaries. The five (5) public secondary schools to participate in the Programme for the next academic year, in Lagos State, are:

  • Falomo Senior High School, Victoria Island;
  • Birchfreeman Senior Secondary School, Mushin;
  • New Era Girls Senior High School, Surulere;
  • Lagos Citi Senior College, Yaba; and
  • Ijeshatedo Senior High School, Okota have been carefully selected.

Among series of activities lined up to engage these schools during the one-year period is the Training of Trainers (ToT). The ToT is primarily designed to empower school teachers and administrators to be able to cascade LEAP’s Employability, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Curriculum to the iLEAD student beneficiaries in their various schools. It also aims to widen participants’ awareness of self-leadership and how this translates to leading others.

To stimulate excitement for the programme our Teacher Alumni, Mrs. Ojo Esther and Mr. Paul Kuyoro from Gbaja Boys Senior High School and Ilupeju Senior Grammar School respectively were invited to an induction session at a Training of Trainers workshop that commenced the new iLEAD 2018/2019 cycle this October.

They shared their individual experiences and challenges as iLEAD teachers with the new set of teachers and volunteers in a roundtable discussion.

Mrs. Ojo says as one of the most essential quality every iLEAD teacher must develop is passion because according to her, the task of delivering the curriculum is a challenging one and only a passionate teacher will make the most out of it for the benefit of the students. Mr. Kuyoro, on the other hand, challenged the new iLEAD teachers to always find the most innovative ways of consciously infusing the learnings from the ToT into their regular teaching engagements. He claims that this will give the students a complete experience outside of the iLEAD curriculum.

No doubt that the participants had insightful and educative experiences and are work ready. They have also identified their individual roles as teachers in the collective development of transformative leaders in Nigeria.

Some of the participants shared their key takeaways:

“This training has awakened the leadership traits in me and I know the learning will improve my relationship with my students”.
“It is an eye opener to the fact that the students can be helped to further discover themselves irrespective of their unfavourable circumstances”.
“I came here not knowing what to expect, but right now, I feel motivated to make a difference and to be a leader”.
“It was an eye opener. I now believe that leaders are made and not born”.
“This training has given me a new insight on communication. It has also helped me to realize the importance of time management”. 
“I have gained so much knowledge that will help me in teaching my students”.
“I now have a new passion to continually contribute to youth development”.
“I now know how to manage my time and communicate effectively for learning to occur”.
“I gained a fresh perspective about child abuse”
“This training has increased my understanding on visioning and setting goals for myself”

With the United Way Worldwide grant on behalf of the generosity of Citi Foundation, LEAP will provide 450 more youths in 5 public secondary schools in Lagos State with the leadership, life, employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship skills through the iLEAD Programme.

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