Creating leaders of the future

01 October 2019 | Education

A group of 20 newly appointed Learner Representative Council (LRC) members from ten government schools in the Khomas region, got the chance to build to their leadership and communication skills last weekend at no cost to them or their schools.
These LRCs for 2020 were representative of Acacia High School, A. Shipena Secondary School, Concordia High School, Dawid Bezuidenhout High School, Delta High School, Ella Du Plessis High School, Windhoek High School, Hage G Geingob High School, Hochland High School and Windhoek Technical High School.
The retreat included psychometric tests – the first opportunity for most of the students to conduct a test of this nature – and further develop their conflict management, communication, change management and leadership skills.
The programme enabled students to understand different personality types and matching strengths and weaknesses, and how these specific types handle stress. Learners became aware not only of their own personalities, which forms their preferred tendencies, but were also exposed to other personality types and how to engage and interact with them.
The programme also allowed for learners to understand communication methods such as the OBIO (openness, behaviour, impact and outcome) technique and the effect that emotional debt has in a communication situation. Within these lessons were application sessions which assured that both the abstract and practical relevance were understood.
The two-day Leadership Development Programme, a Capacity Trust initiative, was made possible thanks to a sponsorship by the Capricorn Group, who is committed to invest in the lives of Namibian learners and positively impact their futures.
Capricorn Group employees served as guest speakers at the retreat to share with them the importance of saving, investing and career choices. “Capricorn Group is proud to sponsor this invaluable programme facilitated by Capacity Trust, as it invests in the lives of our future leaders,” said Marlize Horn, Capricorn Group Executive: Brand & Corporate Affairs.
The group believes that the knowledge that these twenty young leaders gained over the past weekend, will serve them well beyond the completion of their school period and will equip them to become the future leaders in the community as well as public and private sector.

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