The Young & Emerging Leaders Project (YELP) 2018An Update
The 2018 fellows from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania convened for the first of their three seminars from 13th to 15th April at Kasenge Forest Resort in Mukono. The seminar’s readings and discussions focused on elements of personal leadership, value based leadership as well as a workshop on critical thinking.
The fellows brought an array of perspectives to the discussions and shared their various experiences as leaders during the sessions as they reflected on the legacies of several great leaders such Kwame Nkurumah, Patrice Lumumba and Wangari Maathai.
Class of 2017 YELP Experience
Good leadership will set a clear vision and influence a group of people to understand and accept it. And it will inspire great performance from the subjects and productivity to achieve the vision. The YELP fellowship is important because it is selecting socially conscious leaders that want to improve society and nurturing them as the next generation of leaders with the right skills needed to be effective leaders.
YELP, to me, is a space that invests in the world’s greatest resource, which is human potential. Being a part of this fellowship has exposed me to a vibrant community of young change makers who are committed to making a contribution towards the development and general wellbeing of people across East Africa and beyond. The diversity and balance among Fellows makes the YELP experience even better, because I get to learn from, share with and have a team of individuals supporting me in different capacities.
The YELP fellowship has helped me learn new tricks to being an effective leader and know our journey into leadership is shaped by one’s own traits and character. There is no universal definition of success and it’s important to celebrate achievements even if they are small as you continue to pursue your life’s goals. Success is defined by what are your life’s objectives and what they intend to achieve.
Leadership is critical especially for young people. They are the leaders of tomorrow but without being taught the fundamentals, without knowing where our forefathers failed and what we can do better then, Africa will not rise. That is why fellowships like YELP help stir up a conversation on good leadership, it shifts the mind to see the reality on ground and help inspire the younger generation to reach out; to be better citizens and step up to take up roles in the community for the betterment of our society.
In order to sustainably feed the country’s drastically incremental population in the face of climate change effects, there’s utmost need to change the approach and appropriately use all tools in the agricultural tool-box, prioritizing modern tools like biotechnology.