Capacity building workshop being held at Mindolo

The Capacity building workshop was held from 12 – 14 August, 2009 for all the SWEZAM youth club leaders from the high schools.  The workshop was planned to bring together 24 youth clubs.

Capacity building workshop - 24 youth clubs meeting!

19 new youth club leaders holding various portfolios from the high schools came. And five people from Youth club 1, Youth Club 2 and Youth Club 3.  The objective of the workshop was to equip the leaders with skills to help them coordinate, manage, and run the SWEZAM youth clubs effectively and efficiently.  

Official opening of the workshop    

The workshop was officially opened by the MEF director, Reverend Reuben Daka. In his opening remarks the director encouraged the youth leaders to engage in full participation and ensure that they get the knowledge from the facilitators.

The workshop was officially opened by the MEF director, Reverend Reuben Daka.

Introduction to leadership and qualities of a good/bad leader

The facilitator introduced the workshop participants to leadership with an objective of looking at the various world leaders. In this topic participants were asked to at least describe or mention one of the world leaders who inspirers them and why.

Participants were asked to at least describe or mention one of the world leaders who inspirers them and why.

Participants at the capacity building workshop     Exploring leadership in a Youth Club    Discussing Martin Luther king – because of confidence, honest and many more virtues     Discussing great leadership at the workshop - Nelson Mandela - because he brought unity

All the participants with the facilitators help came up with the following names;    

1. Martin Luther king – because of confidence, honest and many more virtues 
2. Nelson Mandela- because he brought unity, fought for apartheid and not power hungry
3. Parents – good lecture, not self- centred, family first, good listeners 
4. Levy Mwanawasa -worked to stop corruption in Zambia
5. Kenneth Kaunda – worked for the Zambian  independence             

And an interesting answer came when one of the participants mentioned Bruce as a role model or an inspiration because of his smartness, interactive and being a good speaker.

Learning about leadership as ”creating a vision to others”  

After the introduction to leadership, the facilitator came in with yet another topic: ”Exploring leadership”. In exploring, he defined  leadership as; “Creating a vision to which others can aspire and engaging them to work toward this vision. The lifting of peoples visions to a higher sight, rising of their performance to a higher standard, building on their personality beyond its limitation.”  

He further talked about some qualities of leadership these being;  

• Understanding
• Compassion
• Communication 
• Equality
• Fairness
• Show creativity
• Resourcefulness and attention giver.

The workshop participants after looking at Leadership had an opportunity to look at facilitation skills. A topic which is key to their being members and time again and SWEZAM youth club members they will be called to do presentations.

Text: Bruce Mubanga
Extract from the Quarterly report no 3:  July-Sept 2009.

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