The Junior Chambers International, (JCI) Ibadan has trained secondary school pupils on leadership potentials in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
The thrust of the training exercise, according to the organizers, was to equip participants, who are secondary school prefects, from across 11 local government areas of the state capital, to replicate leadership values in their interactions with their contemporaries.
In his address at Emmanuel Alayande School of Science, Ibadan, the venue of the event, President of JCI, Olawale Bakare, said the maiden edition of the program was tagged: ‘Muyiwa Bamgbose Academy’ to honour former (JCI) president Mr. Muyiwa Bamgbose, for his landmark achievement in education development.
According to him, JCI handpicked prefects from four secondary schools in the aforementioned councils to make them socially responsible and create in them an awareness of societal problems, the things that their society needs and how to solve them.
He said JCI will continue to educate participants on ‘inclusive education’ one of the millennium goals, and through that make them understand education as a problem-solving tool in their respective schools.
Corroborating him, the coordinator of the programme, Sanmi Abiodun, said that the JCI intends for the prefects to have a positive impact on their fellow school mates by imparting knowledge and behavioral change in them and thus reshaping their future.
Abiodun, who said the programme was free added: “Our aim is to make them better people so that they’ll be better leaders of tomorrow by being prepared for the tasks ahead of them”.
One of the participants, Thomas Theresa, said the programme has taught her how to picture what she wants to become in future as well as leadership potential to harness and achieve her goals in life.
In his opinion, Olaitan Samuel, another participant, said the training has taught him how to imagine his goals and to actualize them. With the change agenda of the present government, Olaitan is optimistic the training would inspire in him and others the kind of change required of a worthy leader.