Imene trains young leaders

27 March 2019 | Education

Omusati pupils have expressed their gratitude for a leadership development workshop hosted by Imene Team Building at Onawa Senior Secondary School this month.

About 82 learners from 21 schools participated in the workshop that was addressed by several motivational speakers.

The participants included learners from grades 5 to 12 who serve on the Learners' Representative Councils (LRCs) of their schools. They were mentored on self-discovery and excellence.

The CEO of Imene Team Building, Emilia Imene, said the aim of the workshop was to develop leadership skills from an early age.

Imene told Ewi IyaNooli that it was often difficult for student leaders to lead fellow students if they did not possess the necessary leadership skills.

She added that student leaders play an important role at schools, which was why it was essential for all student leaders to be equipped with the right leadership skills and guidance.

“Many times, students are elected to leadership positions and they have no idea how to go about leading their fellow students,” she said.

“We provide this leadership development training because we believe that some leaders are born and some are made, but the environment in which they grow and learn plays a big role in bringing out the best in them.”

She said the event went very well and participants were respectful and eager to learn leadership techniques.

“We began the workshop by taking the learners on their journey to self-discovery. Self-discovery is critical before you can lead someone. We made them aware that they need to be self-aware and identify their purpose in life. We also covered topics of standing out by building their own personal brand,” explained Imene.

“We also provided guidance on the personal values they may want to be known for; emotional intelligence, different personalities, conflict management, time management, teamwork and trust among the LRCs, and how to be influential leaders at school and in the community at large.”

Oshikulufitu Combined School head girl Petrina Kamanya said she enjoyed the workshop, learned many things, and gained courage to lead her fellow learners.

“I learned to never give up on life. Life is a challenge and a game that everybody has to play. I learned to be an influential leader full of self-confidence. I was that type of a person who would get angry and stressed out over nothing, but from this workshop I become a self-confident person,” said Kamanya.

Ottilie Itana, in grade 12 pupil at Canisianum Roman Catholic High School, said it was a privilege for her to attend this workshop because it helped her find out about the kind of leader she was, and her journey to self-discovery began immediately after the workshop.

“I have learnt that one needs to be self-confident, emotionally intelligent and you have to balance learning with leadership style. Going back to my school I will be able to manage conflicts and enhance teamwork and trust among my fellow LRCs,” Itana said.

Imene said leadership development events were usually held in large towns, leaving student leaders from rural schools out in the cold. That was why she decided to break that culture by bringing their services to the rural areas.

Imene Team Building hosted the same training course at Ondangwa last year, which attracted close to 50 learners from the Oshana, Oshikoto and Ohangwena regions.

Imene offers training countrywide to any organisation, be it a school or a company. She can be e-mailed at [email protected]



ILENI NANDJATO

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