NLE 2020 kicks off with a Training of Trainers
Ebène, 10 March, 2020: The second edition of the National Leadership Engine (NLE) project kicked off on Friday 28 February at the NPCC with a Training of Trainers as the first in the series of activities intended to bring this national initiative towards its objective of building leadership capabilities among youth in Mauritius.

Some 30 individuals, comprising of Youth Officers of the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation and former NLE participants were convened on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 February at the NPCC for a refresher course on leadership. The former NLE participants are actually coming back in the project as co-trainers to coach new participants.

As the world evolves rapidly, it becomes vital that we prepare our youth to face upcoming challenges,” the Executive Director of the NPCC, Mr. Ashit Kumar Gungah, pointed out in his welcome note at the beginning of Training of the Trainers session.

According to Mr. Gungah, the NLE project, which met with huge success in its very first edition in 2019, will embark the Mauritian youth on a journey that will transform them into 21st century leaders. He said that the NLE will not only be a project for the NPCC but also a platform for Mauritian youth to discover their skills and talents as leaders. They will also get the opportunity to use their learning to develop projects that bring positive changes in the community.

The trainers will be deployed in 10 Youth Centres across the country to impart skills and knowledge on leadership to other young participants as from Saturday 14 March for a period of 12 weeks. The 10 Youth Centres are: Bambous, Ebene (NPCC), Flacq, Floréal, Mahebourg, Port Louis, Rivière du Rempart, Souillac, Trèfles and Triolet.

While the youth will be introduced to the concepts of leadership, they will also go through a number of practical sessions during which they will be required to work on community based projects through which they will have to demonstrate their leadership skills and the potential of their projects to touch the lives of people positively. The projects initiated under NLE 2020 will be showcased during the National Leadership Convention 2020. It is worth noting that some 300 youths were trained and 41 projects were implemented in NLE 2019.

The NLE training will enable youth to apply basic productivity concepts during the implementation of projects.  It will give youth an opportunity to build their personal competence, confidence and character as a leader. Through better decision making and principle-centred leadership, the training will empower youth to build trust in their leadership capabilities while developing social competence and team spirit. 

The NLE project is the first of its kind in Mauritius and involves the youth to learn and adopt leadership skills, which will in turn have a positive impact on our economy and society as a whole. The overall aim of the project is to influence the youth of today to emerge as self-confident leaders in the Mauritius of the future, thus creating a new breed of leaders at all levels, who can operate seamlessly in the public and private sectors and civil society.

The NLE is based on “The Leadership Brand” for Mauritius which was conceived with the idea of helping in the emergence of effective leaders with the ability to lead in different fields. The Mauritian leadership brand is based on the Leadership Codes and the Leadership Brand differentiators namely Together, Innovating, Trusted and Excellence.

The Leadership codes are: 

·       Human Capital Developer: To build on the next generation

·       Strategist: Shape the future 

·       Talent Manager: Engage today’s talent 

·       Executor: Make this happen

The NPCC has now extended invitation to youth across the country to register for NLE 2020. Young Mauritians willing to participate in NLE 2020 can register on the following link:

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