International Leadership Academy

A group of 30 Grade 8 learners attended the International Leadership Academy
A group of 30 Grade 8 learners attended the International Leadership Academy

LEPHALALE — Someone once said: “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.”
During the October school holiday, a group of thirty Grade 8 learners from three local high schools i.e. Phegelelo High School, Hoërskool Ellisras and Mabelane Seleka Technical High School, attended the very first International Leadership Academy in Lephalale at the FASA campground just outside of town.
These learners were identified and nominated by their respective schools, based on perceived leadership potential and qualities.
The Christian based International Leadership Academy (ILA) was presented by Bravo Youth, FASA (Faith Alliance Southern Africa – an American Faith based community organization now residing and working in Lephalale) and Reaching a Generation (RAG).
During the week long camp, learners were taught through experiential games and formal lessons about Leadership principles, a Biblical Worldview on Truth, Relationships and Community development. Of course, there were also lots of fun moments, like the “Wacky Wednesday”-dress up where learners were challenged to get out of their comfort zones and the extremely challenging “Polar bear”-challenge where learners had to overcome even physical challenges like the ice cold water of a swimming pool at 06:00 in the morning!
The International Leadership Academy is a four-year strategic leadership development programme developing young leaders from Grade 8 until Grade 11. Learners started by attending a week long camp and were challenged to complete a community project after the camp (before 30 March 2017) in order to be re-invited to the next year of the academy. Teachers and mentors were also appointed for each learner to encourage and support the learners during the year with the development and implementation of their community projects.
Although the Academy budgeted for a cost of about R3 000 per learner, all the learners could be invited free of charge, as local organizations and business people came together in support of this worthy cause. “Getting sufficient funding in such a short period, was nothing short of a miracle.
Lives of children were radically impacted and the future of the community and maybe even the nation, may be changed forever. The seeds are in the ground, let’s work together to nurture and care for these young leaders,” the organisers said.

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