Ebène, 17 October 2018: The National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NPCC) has set all wheels in motion for the National Leadership Engine project, an ambitious national project that aims at building leadership capabilities among youth in Mauritius at all levels.
As a first step towards its implementation, a ‘Training of Trainers’ programme has been launched today at the Hennessy Park Hotel in Ebène by the Minister of Financial Services and Good Governance, Honorable Sudhir Sesungkur. Some 100 persons will being trained as from Friday 19 October in different batches to become trainers in leadership. The trainers, who also include staff of the NPCC and Youth Officers from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, after some six training sessions, will disseminate their knowledge to young people in Youth Centres across the island.
The young people will be expected to work on projects for the community through innovative problem solving related to challenges such as illiteracy, unemployment, entrepreneurship, obesity, drug addiction, self-esteem, teenage pregnancy and poverty. They will be coached and mentored by the trainers all along the development of their projects and at the end, they will be asked to present a report to the NPCC.
The National Leadership Engine project is the first of its kind in the Republic of Mauritius and will strongly involve the present generation of our people 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.
“Today’s leadership is no more about your designation. It's all about positive inspiration, it’s all about influence and encouragement. It is the Inspiration to get results and success. Influence is about snowballing the passion you have in you, and how you encourage your surroundings for better performance,” says Mr. Deepak Balgobin, Executive Director of the NPCC.
The National Leadership Engine will be based on “The Leadership Brand” for Mauritius which was conceived with the idea of building a reputation for the development of exceptional Mauritian leaders who possess a distinct set of talents in order to effectively meet the expectations of all stakeholders of the country. The Mauritian leadership brand is based on four differentiators namely Together, Innovating, Trusted and Excellence.
As the Training of Trainers programme unfurls, young people across the country in the meantime will be invited to register for the course to be disseminated by the trainers in the Youth Centres that will help them conceive their projects.