1 BILLION children worldwide are living in poverty*
They are part of the 2.5 billion who have no adequate sanitation, which denies them a healthy start to life. They live with fragile food security and they must learn how to survive around violence and the insecurity that is associated with poverty.
But whether you are a Syrian child in a refugee camp in Lebanon, a child living rough on the streets of Mumbai, a child in a favela in South America or a child living in a deprived housing estate in the UK – children will always be able to tell you their dreams. “I want to be a teacher, a dancer, a writer, a lawyer or an astronaut……….” they always know and never shy away from telling you, when given the opportunity. The desire to LEAD themselves is already there.
“Leadership is the ability to create a story that affects the thoughts, feeling and actions of others”
– Howard Gardner
…and all children inherently know that they have potential and a story that they want to write.
Whatever the awful circumstances that overcrowd a child’s dreams, the dream never dies. The dreams just sleep and wait for someone to call to them, wake them up, put courage into them, create leadership mind-sets (new ways of thinking), mentor and support them.
Emerging Leaders has recognised the need to help children to learn, in their early years, how to LEAD their own lives.
Before we are ever able to take the role of a Leader, we have to learn what it means to LEAD our own lives and our relationships.
The programme can be delivered into schools by trained teachers, or by trusted youth workers within the community. It provides a minimum of 12hrs of fun, kinaesthetic, leadership training, which culminates in every child running a small project to benefit their community – to exercise their new Leadership muscle.