Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation is hosting the 5th annual Inclusive Young Leadership Academy on Wednesday, 23rd May 2018, with the objective of building the capacity of newly elected prefects of twenty-five (25) public, private and special secondary schools in Rivers State. Since 2014, KIR Foundation in partnership with some corporate partners has hosted the Inclusive Young Leadership Academy (YLA) for three hundred and fifty-four (354) Senior Students and sixty-seven (67) Teachers with the support of thirty-five (35) Volunteers and twenty (20) Facilitators working with fifty-nine (59) Secondary Schools including Special Schools for youth with disability, which makes the project disability inclusive, hence the name Inclusive Young Leadership Academy (YLA).

The feedback from the participating schools indicate that after the leadership workshop, the students have a clear understanding that student leadership is a call to serve and not to be served.

Peace Gillis, the Social Prefect of Community Secondary School Amadi-Ama, was one of the participants 2017 YLA. At the end of the workshop Peace said she was going back to her school a changed leader, because she has learnt how to communicate effectively. She made a commitment to be an inspiration and a good example to her peers and the Junior students in her School.

Another participant, ThankGod Thomas Rufus, a student of Community Secondary School Oyibo, said he realized that Leadership is not about bullying juniors students, but being a positive influence. He decided that he would initiate self-development projects for the students in his school.

This year, KIR Foundation will build the capacity of four newly elected prefects each, from twenty-five Secondary Schools including the Special School for Handicapped Children by giving them the tools they need to become innovative leaders in the Society.

Some of the prospective participants of this year’s Inclusive Young Leadership Academy, are eagerly looking forward to the one-day workshop and are planning to become change agents in their school with the knowledge they will acquire.

When the KIR Foundation team visited their schools, the emerging leaders shared the following with them;

Micheal, the Senior Prefect of Dietams International School, believes that the knowledge he will get from YLA will enable him to make a difference in his school.

Sonia, the Sports Prefect of Immanuel International School, hopes to learn ways to make her fellow students become better citizens and have good goals in life

Chukwuebuka, the Deputy Senior Prefect of Tamwills Educational Centre, expects to be enlightened on how to become a good role model, and to teach other students what he will learn from the workshop.

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