By Naomi Uzor
A non-governmental organisation, LEAP Africa, has commenced leadership training for 12 teachers and 360 students in public secondary schools in Lagos State. LEAP disclosed that the training, meant to equip the teachers and students with leadership skills, will be conducted in partnership with the Nigerian Embassy of the People’s
Republic of China.
The spokesperson of LEAP, Miss Kehinde Ayeni, said the partnership was borne out of China’s interest and economic relations in Africa.
“The Chinese Government has invested in developing infrastructure and local expertise in many African countries to foster economic growth and political stability. Their ties in Nigeria have deepened over the years in sensitising the Chinese Government to consider ways to improve the leadership capacities of Nigerians,” she said.
Ayeni said the training, tagged: Youth Development Training Programme (YDTP), will equip youths with requisite skills to become empowered to make the right decisions on leadership issues.
“The transformative process of young Nigerians to believing in themselves and getting involved in leadership issues for progressive communities starts with the right training and attitude. This training will focus on developing and inspiring the much desired shift in the mindset of young people, particularly from low income families on the concept of leadership, patriotism, values and social responsiveness,” she said.
The training, running from October 2014 to May 2015, is curriculum designed and will be implemented in two phases, Train the Trainer workshop and students’ classroom training.
Students from six schools are currently attending the training.