Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal

by Women LEAD
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Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Empower 400 Girls and Boys to be Leaders in Nepal
Sunena, 2021 LEADer
Sunena, 2021 LEADer

Time flies, but the memories stay. Looking back at my high school memories, one of the most highlighted memories is my LEAD course journey. Applying for Women LEAD Nepal’s LEAD course was one of my best decisions. If I were to describe my LEAD Course journey, I’d describe it as “the turning point of my life”.

Through the LEAD Course, not only did I grow personally and develop my leadership skills but I now have more clarity about my goals and vision in life. Also, I made tons of friends and got mentors who are now my sisters. The course began with the Leadership Institute where I understood leadership in depth. I not only understood what it takes to be a leader but with the various practical activities,  I also developed the much-needed skills to be a leader. 

School Leadership Program (SLP) was the most intriguing module of all the LEAD course modules. Learning to not give up even after harsh rejections will be one of my key lessons from SLP. Through SLP, we were able to put the leadership skills we'd learnt during the Leadership Institute into practice.  

Advocacy week was my favourite part of the journey.  That's when I actually felt like a true leader and very powerful like never before. Seeing the changes we brought via our advocacy project among the students and their teachers will always be one thing I am super proud of. I have always been very passionate about my career, my future and everything regarding it.  The LEAD Course’s advocacy week was just the perfect session for me that helped me build a clear path and plan for what I have always aimed for. 

The schedule was quite hectic for sure but that’s how I learned time management. I will always be very grateful to Women LEAD for all the skills I was able to develop, for all the learning and for all the fun memories.  After my LEAD Course graduation, I joined Women LEAD Nepal as a communications intern. I am equally excited about this new role and journey.

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2021 LEADers during a session.
2021 LEADers during a session.

Our 2021 LEADers successfully completed the 3-month long School Leadership Program in pairs (known as co-leaders) which ended with virtual graduation ceremonies on the 5th and 12th of March. Hear from some of our LEADers regarding their experience so far; especially in the School Leadership Program (SLP).

1. What were your biggest learnings through the SLP?

"Before I used to be very hesitant to do new things but not anymore. After SLP I have noticed a lot of changes in me. My brother also commented regarding the changes in me like how I speak more now." - Manakamana

"I learnt how to come out of my comfort zone and time management." - Pragati

2. What have you learned about leadership, and being a leader?

"I have understood that if I can contribute to someone’s improvement I should be doing that, making others feel good and empowering them, helping them become a better version of themselves. And it doesn’t matter if your name comes up or not but it actually contributes to someone’s growth." - Reshma

"As a leader when you make mistakes, you should be able to take accountability. You don’t have to be perfect to be a leader" - Shristi

3. Did you hear/see SLP students applying what they learned during sessions?

"There was one student who wasn't very active during the sessions and so when she volunteered to perform a poem during the Graduation ceremony, it felt so nice." - Moxada

"During the orientation, the parents and teachers we met expressed that WLEAD’s SLP is a really good program." - Reshma

4. What advice do you have for next year’s LEADers?

"Share if it’s hard for you, don’t struggle alone, also speak to your mentors and build that bond, be transparent with your Co-LEADer." -Shrena

Stay tuned to get more exciting updates from our 2021/22 LEAD course in the upcoming months.



2021 LEADers during a session.
2021 LEADers during a session.

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Some of our 2021 LEADers with their mentors
Some of our 2021 LEADers with their mentors

Women LEAD’s 12 month-long 2021 LEAD course started on 18th September with amazing 30 LEADers. While the program was conducted virtually in the beginning, most of the programs now are being run in-person. 

The LEAD course is divided into five parts such as -  the Leadership Institute, School Leadership Program (SLP), Field Visit, Advocacy Week, and Professional Development Week. The program is designed in such a way that it allows the learning to be directly applied practically. After the successful completion of the two-week-long Leadership Institute, SLP school hunting has begun. The 2021 LEADers are looking forward to transforming their learning into action through SLP.

One of our LEADers says, “Through SLP, I believe I will not only be teaching the students but also be learning. I want to help the SLP students to enhance their confidence, develop their skills, and become leaders while I too learn to get out of my comfort zone and work on myself to do better. - Bitisha, 2021 LEADer

SLP is one of the major highlights of the LEAD program which includes one-to-one mentoring that is provided by our LEADer to the students of grade 9. SLP serves as a two-way learning process for LEADers and SLP students as school-level students are guided on their leadership skills while our LEADer will get first-hand experience of actual program design in the field. 

One of our 2021 LEADer Pragati Bimali shares her takeaway from Leadership Institute as, “Women LEAD Nepal taught me that being a leader is not about having the best idea, but about facilitating conversation within a group. I learned to have patience and listen to others to be a good leader. I learned that I should respect everyone’s thoughts and feelings”. - Pragati 2021 LEADer

Stay tuned to get more exciting updates from our 2021/22 LEAD course in the upcoming months.

Bitisha, 2021 LEADer
Bitisha, 2021 LEADer
Pragati, 2021 LEADer
Pragati, 2021 LEADer

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Our 2020 LEADers during their Virtual Graduation!
Our 2020 LEADers during their Virtual Graduation!

After wrapping up the School Leadership Program with a virtual graduation ceremony in March, our 2020 LEADers moved on to the next phases of the LEAD course ie. Advocacy Week, Professional Development Week, and Virtual Graduation.

LEAD Course’s advocacy week consists of in-depth advocacy skills training, where the LEADers learn and plan their advocacy projects. During the 2020 LEAD Course advocacy week, our LEADers spent a week understanding what advocacy means, examples of advocacy happening around Nepal and the global context and then designing their own projects. Towards the end of the advocacy week our LEADers, in groups of five, designed five projects; All gender matters, I bring change, Mind benders, Samanta and Uujagaran. 

During the final month of the Course, our LEADers participated in a full week of professional development training on topics such as resume writing, emotional intelligence, personal branding, how to write applications for college, future career and goals, how to face interviews, crucial conversations, negotiation, and networking. 

One of our LEADers shares, “I learned to form teams, learned about creative problem discovery, problem specification, root cause analysis, stakeholder sense-making, and collaborative ideation during the professional development week.” Lakshina, 2020 LEADer

After a year of learning and active engagement, our 28 LEADers graduated from the 2020 LEAD course via Zoom. LEADers, their parents, teachers, Women LEAD staff, the board members came together virtually to celebrate their accomplishments and growth. Each LEADer presented a brief speech or performance, and peer-nominated awards were distributed for the LEADer with awards such as most growth, most committed, and best role model.

One of our LEADer, Prerena, describes her LEAD course journey asWomen LEAD is a platform for me where I could share my thoughts and ideas without any fear, hesitation, and judgments. I met many inspiring people and friends who inspired and pushed me to be more confident and social throughout this journey. This course is very helpful for all girls like me who came from a rural area and want to bring changes in society. After this 12 months duration, I have found myself to be confident and bold, now I can challenge my comfort zone and raise my voice.”

Another LEADer, Kriti, shares, “The LEAD course journey was amazing. I am a completely different person now. I manage my time well and I don’t fear things.  Now I’ll never bully anyone and speak up when I see it happening to others too. I am no more a self-centered person and I think twice about the consequences of my actions. I have learned to accept myself and to always be myself.”

Thank you for continuing to support Women LEAD! We can't wait to introduce you to the next batch of LEADers as the next iteration of our LEAD Course begins next month.

Lakshina, 2020 LEADer
Lakshina, 2020 LEADer
Prerena, 2020 LEADer
Prerena, 2020 LEADer
Kriti, 2020 LEADer
Kriti, 2020 LEADer

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SLP Participants during their virtual graduation!
SLP Participants during their virtual graduation!

As a constituent of our year-long LEAD Course, our 2020 LEADers conducted the School Leadership Program (SLP) where they were paired together to co-lead weekly workshops for grade nine students over the period of three months.

Despite the pandemic, our LEADers conducted the SLP in 13 different schools with 193 young girls and boys where they spent 10 virtual sessions learning important skills like public speaking, teamwork, effective communication, and time management among others. They were also introduced to key topics like gender-based violence and civic engagement.

Through sessions like communication styles, goal setting, leadership, and followership, the participants gained the skills, knowledge, and inspiration they need to become the leaders of tomorrow. This is how one of the SLP Participants, Roji, describes the School Leadership Program – “SLP has been a positive turning point in my life as it has helped me boost my confidence, improve my communication skills and raise my self-esteem. Everyone in my family and friends have seen a lot of changes in me. Now, I am able to stand up for myself and what I believe in; I speak up when someone mistreats me and others. and all my thanks goes to the LEADers and Women LEAD Nepal.”

One of the main highlights of SLP was the virtual graduation ceremony where the participants were able to put the skills they had learned into practice by speaking to the audience with confidence and zeal. Even though the ceremony took place virtually, it was delightful to see the parents and teachers as the audience to celebrate our participant’s accomplishments. Following the footsteps of their role models, our 2020 LEADers, the young SLP participants took up the stage and spoke confidently about what they’ve learned and how much they’ve grown in the past four months. 

SLP Participant, Sumit, shares “SLP was a place where we got to know many things which are important in our future life as well as in the present. I have learned many things from SLP and I plan to implement them. I am very happy that I got a chance to be a part of SLP.”  

 The main aim of our SLP is to empower our LEADers to become role models for their juniors. One of our 2020 LEADer shares, “In these last 3 months we have seen these young boys and girls following direction, taking up challenges, overcoming fears, and spreading positivity. We are very proud of what they have achieved and honored to celebrate their successful journey.” Prerana, 2020 LEADer

Stay tuned for more updates from our 2020/21 LEAD Course in the upcoming months!

Roji, 2020 SLP Participant
Roji, 2020 SLP Participant
Sumit, 2020 SLP Participant
Sumit, 2020 SLP Participant
Prerana, 2020 LEADer
Prerana, 2020 LEADer

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