YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC) West Africa, Accra has marked this year’s Mandela Day with a two-day Citizenship and Leadership Bootcamp for 58 teenagers drawn from some selected junior and senior high schools across Ghana.

“This year’s Mandela Day, which marks the Centenary celebration of the birth of the former South African leader, presents the opportunity to reflect on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela”, Dr. Mrs. Shola Safo-Duodu, Project Director at the Accra RLC said in her welcoming remarks. Dr. Mrs. Safo-Duodu further encouraged participants to consider the invitation and the resources put at their disposal throughout the bootcamp as enough motivation to strive to emulate the good leadership example set by Nelson Mandela.

Dr. Mrs. Shola Safo-Duodu encouraging participants at the bootcamp to utilize resources put at their disposal

The camp focused on developing the confidence level of participants to fully take up leadership positions wherever they found themselves. Participants were also introduced to the essential habits of ideal leaders, ethical leadership, civic education and the qualities of good team players.

Participants discuss (left) and share their views (right) on some leadership qualities

Facilitators at the bootcamp included Dr Pascal Brenya, a YALI Emerging Leaders Program facilitator and Jasper Ahafianyo, YALI RLC Content and Curriculum Manager. Day Two of the bootcamp saw investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, join participants to discuss responsible citizenship and how to leave a mark “the Mandela way”.

Manasseh Azure Awuni leads the discussion on good citizenship

A participant (right) responds to a question posed by Dr. Pascal Brenya (standing left)

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