Fifty youths graduated over the weekend after completing a two-week Leadership programme at the Madewini training centre in Yarrowkabra provided by the government, GINA said.
Delivering the charge at the graduation exercise, Minister within the Ministry of Education, Nicolette Henry told the youths that, “It is upon you the future of this nation depends.”
The youths were also advised to not be satisfied with mediocrity and to speak out on social and political issues that are affecting development.
Presidential Advisor on Youth Empowerment, Aubrey Norton who made brief remarks at the event, pointed out that “We found a lot of potential youth leaders who were not exposed to training as a consequence we decided that we will develop this training programme,” he stated.
Norton said that, the youths were exposed to leadership quality and leadership, problem solving, decision making, and effective public speaking among other issues.
Norton noted that the programme was very interactive and this helped develop the self-esteem of many participants.
“We decided it should not be chalk and talk so there were lots of discussions on issues which I have no doubt would have contributed to their development,” he said.
Akeila Dey who graduated as the female who best exemplified leadership noted that the programme has benefited her tremendously. She stated, “It was very significant and it equipped me with the necessary skills needed to become an effective leader. I can fairly say I would definitely go back to my community and make the most powerful impact ever.”
Ulita Henry who hails from Linden hopes that with the knowledge she gained she can form a youth group to empower young people in her community.