By Prisca Adaeze Nenger
With an aim of grooming and equipping responsible thought-leaders in the country, Shine Leadership International (SLINT) in Partnership with the Institute of National Transformation (INT) conducted a Leadership and Entrepreneurship Summit for university student leaders across the country.
The training, which was held at Kampala International University (KIU), main campus in Kansanga-Ggaba Road, Kampala, on Wednesday 13th November 2019, brought together students’ representatives and/or leaders from five universities namely: Kampala International University, Nkumba University, Cavendish University, Kampala University, and the International University of East Africa.
The Vice-Chancellor KIU; Dr. Mouhamad Mpezamihigo, officially opened the training, as KIU Campus Administrator; Mrs Elizabeth Kyamanywa and the Director Admissions KIU also graced the occasion. The key guests for the day, were the Board of Directors of Shine Leadership International (SLINT), led by Rev. Michael Agaba; the Board Chairperson, Mrs Anita Muhairwe Malinga; the Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Director of the Institute of National Transformation (INT); Mrs Harriet Ociti, as well as thought-leaders from SLINT and INT, among others.
The workshop was segmented into three sessions, centred around the following objectives respectively: Session one – ‘The purpose and pillars of servant leadership’, Session two – ‘Rule of law, duties, rights and obligations of a student leader’, and Session three – ‘Igniting a mind-set shift through creativity and innovation’.
The facilitators of the day were Mr. Alex Matovu a founding partner of Signum, Mr. Daniel Ruhweza the President of Christian Law Society and Mr. David Kabiswa the director of ACET Uganda.
Benefits of the training
At the end of the training, participants were awarded certificates of participation, as they are expected to form a SLINT Club in their various universities and/or campuses, in order to fully maximize the benefits of training and subsequently enjoy the proceeds of their membership to the club.
Shine Leadership International (SLINT) is a non-profit organization that partners with schools, universities and organizations to nurture, train and equip young adults with practical leadership and entrepreneurship skills that help them become agents of positive transformation in their communities and at the same time combat youth unemployment.
With the core purpose of turning leaders into agents of positive transformation, SLINT began operations in 2012 as a Community Based Organization (CBO), passionate to equip young adults with life skills. And over time, it has grown into a non-profit organization that equips young adults and educators in schools and universities with leadership and entrepreneurship skills. It also offers educational and occupational career guidance to help these youths thrive in different sectors of society.
Driven by character, community, and accountability as core values, SLINT envisions a self-disciplined, compassionate, employable and accountable generation of leaders, passionate about transforming their communities and nations at large.
The SLINT philosophy
At SLINT, we believe that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow and it’s, therefore, our responsibility to nurture and equip them with skills that they need to be transformational in their communities and employable in the market place.
“It is a well-established fact that young adults in a society carry the prospects for future progress and innovation in that society. It's our mandate, therefore, to nurture, develop and equip them with the skills that they need to thrive in society.” SLINT
Young people today must be prepared mentally and emotionally to work in environments that require lifelong learning and frequent adaptation. Their capacity to think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively and work in teams are some of the leadership and life skills highly valued by employers.
These are groups in universities and schools where young people meet regularly to develop their leadership, entrepreneurship and life skills. The clubs provide opportunities for young adults to participate in activities and interact with peers in a supervised setting. The activities include but are not limited to regular training on leadership and entrepreneurship, life-skills training, community works, volunteering, internships, camps, workshops, debates, dialogues and practical projects that are enterprising.
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