BY4Y Leadership Summit

Kingswood College is very excited to be hosting the By Youth For Youth (BY4Y) Leadership Summit in December. Our own pupil leaders will join with 50 pupils from schools across the country for training in peer-to-peer leadership issues involving cross cultural, inter-generational and moral dilemmas that will face them in their school leadership positions and in life beyond school. There will also be sessions on restorative justice, conflict resolution and crisis management, which will give the youngsters the opportunity to embed the principles of value-driven leadership as they affect local community level issues and as well as global level issues of climate change, access to services and food security.

The By Youth For Youth (BY4Y) initiative has attracted support from the British High Commission that will fund the 5-day workshop, including bringing the pupils and presenters from outside of Grahamstown to the event, and all the materials and accommodation of participants. Expert speakers being targeted for keynote sessions on the programme include local Rhodes University leadership specialists, Pedro Tabensky, founding director of the newly formed Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics (AGLE) at Rhodes University, Dr Trevor Amos and Dr Noel Pearse, as well as speakers from the British High Commission and the DG Murray Trust. Social entrepreneurship champions, LifeCo UnLtd will also be a contributor to the workshop. The British Consul General, Mr Chris Trott, will be opening the summit giving it an international profile.

Negotiations with schools across the country, as well as a number of local schools and youth empowerment project, the President's Award are taking place to ensure a broad-based representation of pupils at the BY4Y workshop. There will be a mix of independent and state schools represented. The project will not end with the workshop. A forum will be created where participating schools will cascade the awareness gained to their school leadership bodies and communities, and the ensuing changes and roll out will be recorded and assessed in an online process which can be shared.

Beyond the event, the Kingswood twinning project with Mary Waters High School and St Mary's Primary will build partnerships for collaboration on cultural, sporting, academic and staff development opportunities.

Exciting times ahead!

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