By Apetsi Ivy Ameka.
The Young African Leaders initiative Africa wide Cohort 1 training is officially set to be launched on 23rd August 2021. In an official communication made by Africa wide support, the training has been setmented into pre-program activities, cross- cutting themes, the core program, design challenge and finally graduation.
The leadership development program launched by the former president of the United States Barack Obama aims at investing in the next generation of African leaders. Being the inaugural Africa-wide leadership training since inception of YALI Africa on 23rd April 2019, it is expected to be a very significant occasion.
Previously, the Young African Leaders initiative used to be attended by participants in the respective regional centres. However due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the training is being carried out online. This has however favoured a lot of African youth because more participants are able to be enrolled. This is due to the flexible online system that supports more participants than the in person trainings.
Talking to a number of youth, different expressions were made concerning the leadership training. Kenyan youth are taking advantage of such rare opportunities and have a thirst of being empowered as current leaders. A 23 year old Kenyan, Fred Otieno says, "More leadership centres should be introduced even to the youth who have not had an opportunity to step in school or finish to the higher level. I believe all of us have an equal opportunity to become leaders."
Graduation of the cohort 1 is expected to take place on the 12th November 2021. Successfull graduants will therefore be issued with electronic certificates to be issued in pdf format. In the issued communication, successfull applicants are required to meet certain requirements for them to graduate. Asking the requirements include; each participant must attend at least 36 synchronous 1 hour sessions during the program, deliver an individual pitch, complete all HP Life and YALI Network Technology courses and finally must be confirmed by fellow participants to have participated and contributed to the group pitch.
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