What We Do
The World Youth Leadership Development (WYLD) Programme is our transferable skills and leadership development training course.
Transferable Skills are learnt behaviours that are necessary within many social contexts, specifically the workplace. They are often the skills that allow theory to be put into practical action. The 2012 UNESCO Education For All report defines transferable skills as including, “the ability to solve problems, communicate ideas and information effectively, be creative, show leadership and conscientiousness, and demonstrate entrepreneurial capabilities” (p.27-8). So what we mean when we say ‘transferable skills’ is:
Problem-solving skills: Intellectual skills that enable you to identify and analyse problems and find creative, realistic solutions.
Communication skills: Also called interpersonal or people skills, these allow you to positively relate to, communicate with, influence and inspire, and to express your ideas and opinions articulately to others.
Creative skills: Includes both practical hands-on or technical skills and creative, innovative thinking around possibilities, solutions and opinions.
Entrepreneurial capabilities: Aspiration and resilience – this is the skill to put creative problem-solving ideas into practice, along with good time, task and resource management and the ability to plan strategically.
Leadership skills and conscientiousness: These concern character, for example, integrity and values, reliability, diligence, decision-making ability, responsibility, and organisational skills. They also cover vision-casting and the ability to lead others.
These transferable skills go hand-in-hand with a person’s self-awareness and self-confidence, and personal values.
So, how does the WYLD Programme help develop these skills?
Well, we believe strongly in peer learning and mentoring. In everyday life, we learn from each other: when we’re really stuck on a problem, it is normal to ask someone for help, and this is most likely to be someone we know. This is naturally an informal process, but in the WYLD Programme, we practice it a little more intentionally, because we believe that we all learn best when there is a challenge or problem to be solved, the learning is shared, the learning is related to our lives, when we are involved in ‘doing’ and when there is time to reflect. Most of all, we learn best when we are enjoying it – when we are having fun!
But what does the WYLD Programme actually involve?
Our programme involves a lot of activities, discussions, scenarios and challenges. It is run by facilitators, not teachers, and our facilitators are fully trained to support young people to own their own learning.
The whole programme is generally run over a year. At the beginning there are 3-4 intensive training days, and after that, we hold monthly meetings. We also set a team challenge to design and present a social action or enterprise project for the benefit of the local community which, if presented well, will be awarded a small grant and groups then have a year to organise and begin their project. A graduation is held at the end of the year and everyone who completes the programme gets a certificate.
The programme is available at two levels; our Young Leaders are 14-18 years old, and our Leader Mentors are 18-30 years old. We believe strongly in mentoring, and so Leader Mentors are paired with a Young Leader and they spend time together throughout the year in a mentoring relationship, supported by our team. This relationship often continues long after the training has been completed.
In addition to sessions that cover the transferable skills we shared above, our programme includes a number of sessions:
• Leadership: theory and attitudes,
• Leadership Images of Serving, Stewarding and Shepherding,
• Personal Values and Group Culture,
• Being a History-Maker,
• Conflict Resolution and Peace-Building,
• Mentoring: theory and practice.
How we work
We train up partners to facilitate our programme with young people, who then in turn can become facilitators. Our main partner is the charity within which the programme was developed - The Congo Tree - but we have also now trained facilitators from three other local partners.
Where we work
At the moment, just in North Kivu, DRC. We are based in Goma and working with partners in Masisi and Rutshuru. Having seen the positive impact of the WYLD programme in DRC, we are interested in discussion partnerships with organisations in other countries, particularly where young people have grown up or continue to grow up amidst conflict.