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Kafa’at Youth Leadership Program inspires students at Madinat Zayed & Ruwais Colleges

The founder of the United Arab Emirates, the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan once said: “A leader of any nation is just an individual from amongst his people.  He should therefore be an honest person serving his nation with faith and sincerity, just as he would serve his family.”

Over the weekend, more than 100 students from Madinat Zayed and Ruwais Higher Colleges attended the three day Kafa’at Youth Leadership Program, an initiative of the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, who seek, among other things, to motivate young Emiratis to volunteer, participate and give back to society.

Accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management in the UK, the program gives students the opportunity to learn some important life skills, discovering the power within themselves to be successful in whatever they chose to do, identifying leadership strengths as well as areas for improvement.

The program began with a competitive activity, designed to show that everyone can win if we support each other.  “This activity taught us to be patient, consider instructions and think before we do anything,” said Saleha Al Mansoori.

A similar activity was called ‘Trust the Leader’ designed to build confidence in others and the team you will be leading. “When they covered my eyes I was very scared as I realized it was because it is difficult for me to trust other people,” said Hussa Al Mazrouei.

Through a mixture of physical activities and personal reflection students learned about different leadership styles and the effect they have on their workers and how sometimes all members of a team can be leaders.  They identified their own particular style and its advantages and disadvantages.  The students wrote action plans and set themselves goals.  They kept a record of their daily activities in a reflective diary.  They gave feedback to each other and built a sense of personal responsibility for their actions.

At the end of the program students had to complete a written assignment before receiving their certificates from the Institute of Leadership and Management, one of the UK’s largest awarding bodies for leadership and management qualifications. “I would certainly do this again and tell others to do it if they can,” said Hussa.

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