In October, LEAP Africa expanded the reach of its Leadership and Life-skills programme,iLEAD to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The iLEAD programme is designed to help young people develop life, leadership, employability and entrepreneurship skills. Through the iLEAD programme, LEAP will be teaching life skills for personal success, giving young people a sense of purpose and direction, providing young people an opportunity to contribute and add value, giving young people in Nigeria an equal opportunity at success, helping them know their rights and responsibilities to the nation and community and also helping young people transition to further education, paid employment or entrepreneurship.
With support from the FCT’s Secondary Education Board, five (5) government secondary schools across five (5) Area Councils in Abuja have been signed up to participate in the Programme for the 2019/2020 academic year. They are;
- Army Day Secondary School, Asokoro
- Government Day Secondary School, Karu
- Government Secondary School, Karshi
- Government Secondary School, Kuje
- Government Day Secondary School, Gwagwalada
Among the series of activities lined up to engage these schools during the one-year period is the Training of Trainers (ToT). The ToT was an intensive 5-day residential training (ToT) of 20 Fellows, 5 Teachers and 5 Guidance Counsellors. The training exposed fellows and teachers to LEAP Africa’s Leadership and life-skills curriculum.
“ I am not mixing words by saying that this is the most impacting training I have attended in 20 years”.
“This training has awakened the leadership traits in me and I know the learning will improve my relationship with my students”.
The ToT is aimed at developing the capacity of the teachers and fellows who will be mentoring students in the aforementioned schools and also to widen the participant’s awareness of self-leadership and how this translates to leading others.
The modules were facilitated by LEAP Staff and to ensure the trainees were fully equipped and prepared for their cascading sessions with students, 2 external facilitators were invited to train them on “Psychosocial Support” and “Sexual Reproductive Health”. The need for these two facilitators was born out of a needs assessment that was conducted in the five schools by LEAP’s MERL team. Some of the findings from the assessment were around menstruation, menstruation cycle and hygiene and challenges underserved youth in the selected schools face.
The Psychosocial support session was facilitated by media expert, Eugenia Abu who is certified in Guidance and Counselling and the Sexual and Reproductive Health session was facilitated by Joyce Atti, a programmes team member from Education as a Vaccine.
The training left the participants feeling very inspired and confident in taking up their new roles and responsibilities. It 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. They attested to the fact that the curriculum will give the students a complete experience outside of the iLEAD curriculum.
Some of the participants shared their experience:
“It is indeed a training of trainers because i have been equipped and empowered to empower others most especially my students”.
“I can’t contain my emotions hearing some things and knowing that I was actually limiting myself all the while on certain issues”.
With the United Way Worldwide grant on behalf of the generosity of Citi Foundation, LEAP will provide 15 youth corps members and 450 more youth in 5 Government Secondary Schools in the F.C.T. with the leadership and life skills learnings through the iLEAD Programme.