By Eric Nyasha Mhunduru
PARTICIPANTS for the first ever Afrox Leadership Academy were announced on Monday at an event held at Delta Secondary School, in Windhoek where sixteen students from three high schools in the Khomas region were selected to participate in this inaugural academy.
The students were selected from Delta Secondary School, Hage Geingob Secondary School and Eldorado Secondary School.
Following the launch, on 11 May the selected participants traveled to the Rock Lodge training center, in Okahandja, for a one week leadership training camp.
Subsequent to this camp, between June and September, all the participants will be required to get involved either in an already existing community projects of their choice or operationalise their own projects, giving regular feedback to their mentors.
The academy will culminate in a graduation ceremony to be held in October, where the participants will share their experiences of the Afrox Leadership Academy and present the results of their community projects.
Although the Afrox Leadership Academy has aspirations to select learners from all regions in Namibia, this first year will run on a smaller scale as a pilot programme and lessons learnt from the programme will form the basis for future national implementation. The academy programme will cover a broad range of topics such as; purpose, decision making, career guidance, basic etiquette, project management, presentation skills and many more subjects which will fit various interests, while still providing a solid foundation on the principles of leadership and self-governance.
The sessions will be a mixture of lectures, professional one-on-one mentorship, site visits and community service. It will cover a period of six months with a one week Leadership Training course which will provide opportunities for further interacting and teamwork. It is well documented that building leadership at a young age encourages responsibility, develops a positive mindset, and organizational skills, which eventually allows the learner to become a more responsible and engaged citizen. Speaking at the event, the Director of Education for Khomas Region, Gerard Vries encouraged the students to make the most of the opportunity provided to them through the Afrox Leadership Academy. Afrox Namibia Managing Director, Eckhardt Vorster said, “Instead of only granting bursaries, which we believe is very necessary, we opted to develop a skill that at present is mastered too late in life. We designed a programme that would help young people realise a new world of possibilities and provide them with the tools they need to achieve their dreams,” Vorster said. The sixteen selected students include from Delta Secondary School – Grace Mackinza (16 years old), Twapewa Mungoba (16), Mutsa Pachawo (16), Panduleni Shatilwe (16) and Kyrah Hampe (16). Eldorado Secondary School – Mercy Amadhila (16), Jaenique Swartz (16), Martin Nafuka (17), Anthony Shatika (15), Conver Engelbrecht (17) and Adara Lilian Witbooi (15). Hage Geingob Secondary School – Julius Ekandjo (16), Fanuel Shinedima (16 years old), Jacobin Shigwedha (16), Eben- Ezer Matheus (15) and Ottilie Shangheta (16).
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