Leadership Training for 1,000 Zimbabwean High School Students
In Zimbabwe, only 4% of students writing their secondary school examinations eventually secure a job with decent income given the education system's design and the startling 70% unemployment rate. Unfortunately, the rigid school curriculum does not provide young people with skills that allow them to thrive in spite of their circumstances. As a result of this overwhelming reality, young people are despondent; they doubt their ability and capacity to make a difference.
Lead Us Today empowers Zimbabwean high school students with the leadership skills to mobilize their communities in addressing their own challenges through implementing collectively designed development projects. We are training 1,000 students in 25 high schools, to create innovative and financially sustainable projects that impact their communities and address real challenges.
For example, in 2013, one group of students addressed youth unemployment in their community by helping young people establish a catering business in their school that serves nutritious meals. Instead of spending $1 on sweets and snacks during lunch breaks, students now have the option to eat a wholesome meal. Other students have established community recycling projects and produced educational toys for underresourced pre-schools.
$5 will train one student on leadership for six months and ensure that they receive the adequate learning materials including student workbooks and opportunities to share ideas for community impact with students from other schools in our program.
This project can be visited any time of the year on weekends from 9am to 5pm. Our offices are located in the center of Bulawayo and we will be happy to take visitors to see our students going through training or for them to visit student's project sites. Please contact Honest at +263 774 386 855 or [email protected] if you are interested in arranging a visit.
What To Bring
Books on leadership and entrepreneurship are especially welcome as well as cameras to capture special moments with our students.
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