The New Nigerian Dream Project
The International Centre for Leadership & Development in Nigeria (ICLDNG) is aimed at leading a new generation of change while focusing on leadership development among young people in Nigeria.
The ICLDNG is committed to leadership across high schools in Nigeria and through partnership with several government institutions has created programs that impact leadership, focus, career intelligence and citizenship.
ICLDNG has worked with about 18 high schools in Lagos, Nigeria providing about 350+ hours of training and development with tutelage from 20+ trainers through a 7-week period.
The project was designed to provide students with information about how to identify their leadership strengths and career plans.
Students identified several career paths and the options available, considering the unavailability of jobs in the country. Some of these students identified entrepreneurship as a new path they will consider.
At the end of the project students learnt if and when to go into self- employment. Students learnt how to start a business and what it takes to start a business.
HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED
For each event & program we planned, we ensured that students understood the meaning of Leadership, and how to lead their lives and their careers.
In partnership with over 18 schools as well government parastatals, each program received immense support from stakeholders within each community. Students learnt about what they need to mitigate, or plan for, to ensure their goal remains achievable.
The program also welcomed volunteers from within the local community who became facilitators for the event, and also became role models for the students who were part of the program. Some of the students embarked on projects in their various schools.
Students embarked on a school community project, which they identified themselves. Reading clubs were formed in the various schools.
The students were tasked to read at least ten books in a year. The books were selected by the ICLDNG and they centred on leadership, goal settings and self-help /motivational books.
Each student is to give assessment/ summary of the book with 250 to 500 words per book.
The project reached about 550 students within eighteen high schools within Lagos Nigeria.
The project also became recognized by the Lagos State government Ministry of Education, an award was presented as one that has had impact on the students in the community. With over 350 hours of tutelage put in by about 20 trainers from across Nigeria, students were able to identify their strengths and focus on the things they are good at.
Students learnt how to identify their weaknesses, what to avoid, what to improve, and where to get help from people who do those things better.
The biggest challenges came from having to fund the project from school to school, and how to create a sustainable model for each program at every level.
We also began to understand that though these schools were similar in nature, their focus and intentions were different from each other. The educational system also varied from school to school thus needing to refine and redefine new facilitators for each school.
The biggest lesson learnt has been the need for community partnership - communities have a better understanding of the problems they face and they must be encouraged to be a part of the learning processes of their wards.
Bringing the parents and guardians to also be a part of the program to support the enterprises each student is developing has indeed been life-changing.