Leadership Training Program
As an Organization that has successfully managed scholarships for over ten years, AHEAD understands the value of resources invested in university students by governments, scholarship agencies, parents and other private funders. Unfortunately, the extensive investment by the various funders is paying fewer dividends than it should. Students are still poorly equipped to perform in the competitive labour market even after graduating from university. In order to unlock the full potential of university students, there is need for additional training in soft skills to complement the current curriculum offerings
To address this knowledge and skills gap, AHEAD has tailored specific interventions for students at different levels. These include Pre-academic training, On course training and Legacy building. These trainings help to instill and reinforce core values in university students which will eventually ensure a higher return on their investment to the funders. Information gathered from the participants in the course of the trainings can also be packaged and disseminated in a way that would encourage policy makers and governments to attend to the results. It could also be used to inform funding agencies on where to focus funding to create real impact.
AHEAD calls upon likeminded organizations to partner with us in ensuring that as many students as possible are equipped with personal leadership mind sets, skill sets and tool sets that will not only give them an edge in society but will mould them into all rounded individuals that can trigger the necessary changes in our societies.
AHEAD Leadership Training Workshop; 28-29th March, 2014
Based on its ten year experience of leadership training and preparing IFP scholars, AHEAD packaged this training to meet the needs of final year undergraduate students from both public and private universities in Uganda so as to prepare them for the next phase of their lives. Through a two-day workshop, AHEAD planned to equip the participants with knowledge, skills and attitudes that would enable them to apply themselves more pro-actively in an increasingly competitive world. The key aspects of the training included lessons on self discovery, personal leadership, goal setting, pro-activity, excellence orientation, integrity, honesty and resilience, volunteerism and the value of continuous leadership development. The project sought to catch the students early enough before they enter the labor market thus giving them an edge over their colleagues. The expected end result is a cohort of empowered students that embody the necessary attributes to influence not only themselves but also their peers and the society in general.
The training brought together highly qualified facilitators and several Ford Foundation IFP alumni who shared their experiences.
Below are responses from some of the participants:
“This training has helped me to make decisions and zero down on the one thing I want to be.” (Joanita Namusobya, UCU)
“The two days training was so empowering, dream awakening and life fulfilling. I had a desire for such training and I thank God it landed. Thank you AHEAD.” (Niwomujuni Joy, Aga Khan University, Uganda campus)
“I now have the knowledge, skills and confidence to chart my own plan.” (Mukwaya Ivan, UCU)
“I now know that I have been compromising and living other people’s lives. I am now ready to live my own life.” (Monica Onyango, MUK)
“An event well organized. Best facilitators I have ever listened to, jolly people all over, educative information…wow! All I can say is viva AHEAD team and our wonderful facilitators.” (Andrew Agaba, Kyambogo University)
“After this training I am now ready to face the world. Thank you AHEAD.” (Aliguma Ahabyona, Kyambogo University)
From the overwhelming positive feedback, AHEAD believes that the training greatly impacted the students and helped them discover their potential. They are now better equipped to pursue their personal and professional goals. They will make a difference wherever they will go and in whatever they choose to do after university.
AHEAD plans to make such trainings more regular and diverse to cater for more groups of people.
A report of the training is available under the Publications section of our website.
Leadership Impact Project
AHEAD received a grant from the Ford Foundation regional office in Nairobi for the leadership Impact Project. This is the second grant that has been awarded to AHEAD for leadership development activities in East Africa. The rationale behind this project is based on the fact that various innovative approaches to transformational leadership are being practised in the region and yet they have not been assessed and shared extensively. AHEAD filled this gap through the project by consolidating this work and ensuring that it is understood by a wide group of people and stakeholders throughout East Africa.
In order to achieve our goals, a set of activities were planned facilitating the process of documentation of the impact and challenges of leadership development initiatives, holding information visits to facilitate learning and sharing of ideas, promoting use of modern information technology and holding a regional convening to discuss outcomes of the research and information visits. At the culmination of the project a public dissemination exercise was conducted.
AHEAD selected twelve organizations from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania to participate in the Leadership Impact Project. One representative from each organization was chosen to participate in all the activities tailored by AHEAD. Some of the beneficiaries and alumni of the leadership programs also participated in the information visits. Below are the organizations that were selected to take part in the Leadership Impact Project.
- Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE)
- Development Network of Indigenous and Voluntary Associations (DENIVA)
- Cornerstone Leadership Academy
- Uganda Rural Development and Training Program (URDT)
- Don Elton Place of Tomorrow (DEPOT)
- Youth Agenda (YA)
- Aga Khan Foundation
- Christian Partners Development Agency (CPDA)
- Foundation for Civil Society (FCS)
- Uongozi Institute
- Haki Elimu
- Friedrich Ebert Stiftung/Agenda Participation 2000
The results of the project were published in a book titled Leadership in East African Civil Society: A Deeper Impact Analysis. The book is available under the Publications section of our website.