Be effective leaders – First Lady to graduates of leadership programme

first_imgFirst Lady Sandra Granger on Monday charged the 66 graduates at the Fourth Youth Leadership and Training Programme to use their newly acquired skills to become effective leaders in their homes, schools, workplaces and communities.“I charge you to dream beyond that; to have the vision and develop the stamina that will take you to participation in local, regional and general elections as the honest, forthright leaders our country needs,” First Lady Granger said in her address at the closing ceremony, held at the Madewini Training Centre on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway.The graduates pay keen attention as the First Lady makes her addressThis latest group of graduates are employed young persons, who were selected to participate in the sessions aimed at teaching them practical leadership related skills.“You were selected because someone recognised your leadership potential,” the First Lady said, even as she reminded them that their participation in the training over two weekends is a demonstration of their commitment and desire to enhance themselves and serve their communities.The training programme is a combination of theory and practice that was designed to fill the gaps in training youth across the country. These youths are taught leadership, management, event planning, communications, effective public speaking, meeting, and meeting procedures and other ‘soft’ skills such as courtesy and deportment.The First Lady encouraged the graduates to use what they learnt, “to begin to function efficiently and effectively as a leader.”Meanwhile, Presidential Advisor on Youth Empowerment Aubrey Norton said he is always pleased to attend the closing ceremonies as he would have noted the participants’ measurable progress from start to finish.He said that the programme, “focuses on leadership by example… We seek to inculcate self-discipline and love for your country. We are urging the young people that are trained to seek to improve their own lives as well as the lives of other young people in the community.”Youth from all but the Barima-Waini, Potaro-Siparuni and Upper Takutu-Upper Berbice regions participated in the latest training, Norton revealed.Special prizes were given to Wilton Hinds and Shareefah Parks who were named the male and female participant who best exemplified leadership, and Akeem Hyndman and Tanya Hooper, named the male and female with the most outstanding personality. These awardees were all selected by their peers.The graduates celebrated their success and charmed the audience with a mixed musical presentation that included a rendition of “I believe the children are our future” and “Lean on me”.Director of Youth Melissa Carmichael, Deputy Director of Youth Leslyn Boyce and Ronald Austin Jr, Training and Education Officer were also present at the ceremony.last_img read more