Describe your idea in fewer than 50 words.
To conduct baseline survey in 15 Primary Schools on student leadership needs, develop a leadership package to address identified needs for improved effectiveness in task delivery, enhanced self awareness and equipping student leaders with basic leadership skills as well as training of trainers for High school teachers for project sustainability.
What makes your idea unique?
Molding of future leaders begins at a young age. In Kenya, leadership responsibilities are entrusted to young pupils early in the lower elementary classes where class monitors and prefects are selected to handle simple tasks such as maintaining order in classrooms in the absence of the teachers. Such young leaders are exposed to various leadership challenges that could provide learning and growth opportunities when carefully tapped into. This idea focuses on helping young leaders in primary schools to draw lessons form their leadership experiences and those of their teachers to nurture the seeds of leadership in them and build their leadership capacities while recognizing their potential to become future leaders. It identifies and addresses a need that the formal education curriculum is not currently addressing. The idea involves nurturing, molding and shaping young leaders so that they embrace positive values, develops their communication and interpersonal skills, decision making and critical thinking skills, coping and self management skills. The idea is unique in the sense that it seeks to address a strategic leadership need that Kenya is in dire need of. It is an idea that will develop future leaders in a typical local context.
What is your area of work? (Please check as many as apply.)
At risk youth
, Behavioral issues
, Education reform
, Youth development
, Youth leadership
, Environment & Sustainability
, Conflict resolution
, Youth leadership.
What impact have you had?
Since July 2008, the Center for Transformational Leadership has trained over 200 young leaders through its leadership development program. These young leaders have been drawn from Universities and High Schools. The impact has been positive with over 80% of them developing positive attitude towards leadership and seeing themselves as leaders in their personal capacity and leading in future, increasing their self confidence to provide leadership, embracing positive values to guide their personal decisions, increased self awareness and development of self development plans. We have noted improvement in communication skills, personal initiative, and improvements in conflict resolution skills among prefects; university student’s expressed increased self-awareness, a positive change towards more ambitious career goals, and more faith in one’s ability to succeed in life.
Describe the primary problem(s) that your project is addressing.
Prefects are faced with numerous challenges as they are assigned to handle supervision and orderliness among students. Disrespect, conflicts, threats from students happens on a regular basis. Students have not been given leadership training and suffer from low self-esteem and lack skills in conflict resolution skills and communication-skills.
The project will prepare and develop leadership skills among young potential leaders. Currently, there is no sufficient mechanism in place to sensitize, prepare and equip Kenyan students with required leadership skills they need to handle the challenges that life presents yet they are the same people who rise to leadership positions in different sectors and are entitled to make serious decisions touching on various aspects of life.. Future leaders need to be targeted now, and institutions of learning, the producers of leaders, have an important role to play in molding these leaders. The project will be contributing towards the growth of leadership potential in High school prefects.
Describe the steps that your organization is taking to make your project successful.
The Center for Transformational Leadership (CTL) has been running leadership development programs with University and High School students in the recent past. Before conducting trainings, CTL seeks to understand leadership needs of student leaders by administering pre-workshop questionnaires and holding focused group discussions with the guidance and counseling-teachers and student leaders. Based on the leadership gaps identified, a targeted training package is developed to address those needs. CTL develops and administers feedback tools to understand and assess the impact of the leadership training content on the students. CTL is currently able to only focus on one school at a time due to limited resources. With additional funding a concrete training package can be developed to address student leadership skill deficiencies in more schools as well as advocate for mainstreaming of leadership skills within school’s co-curricular activities. CTL is partnering with the Center for Creative Leadership in designing and developing High School Students Leadership Toolkit based on the local context.