GEN NXT Programme: Building Youth Leadership for Sustainable Future
Mineral Foundation of Goa (MFG) engaged LEAD India to hone the leadership skills of the ‘Green Students’ and to groom them to advance to the stage of action to address the issues and challenges of sustainability. A batch of 30 school and college students, aged between 16-24 years at various stages of their school / college education underwent the training.
Based on the LEAD design principle, the training enabled the participants to envision social and environmental development in their schools, colleges, own communities and develop an individual or group action plans with the guidance and mentoring from experts.
Post the knowledge, skills and self-awareness sessions, the students were given the experience to understand various urban and peri-urban issues, challenges and initiatives to address those. In doing so, they interacted with many stakeholders related to the issue of waste management in Panjim. Post field visit, participants shared individual and group project ideas and received valuable feedback from the mentors. Currently, the students are being mentored by LEAD Fellows and are implementing the diverse projects they conceptualised.
Building Youth Leadership on Sustainability at IIT Kharagpur
As a knowledge partner, in 2014 LEAD India collaborated with IIT Kharagpur and staged an event “Eco-Stasis” aimed at fostering student’s knowledge about the need and ways to create a secure future for future generations. A total of 22 teams, ie. 80 students submitted their proposed sustainable solutions on the case study titled “Decentralize household energy system and biomass consumption in Madurai”. The submissions were assessed by the LEAD India secretariat and 12 best teams were invited to attend the festival “Kshitij”. The selected teams further worked on another challenge titled “Sustainable management of municipal waste of Guwahati city” and presented their solutions to the jury members.
Youth Summit at the Sustainable Mountain Development Summits
Youth Summits are conducted from time to time in the Mountain states to build leadership for local action for sustainable development. Besides conservation, environment protection and inclusive development the focus is on building a value-based leadership where Youth imbibes and upholds values of empathy, temperance, equity and inclusiveness.
Recently LEAD India facilitated a workshop at the Youth Summit as a part of SMDS in Aizawl where 63 youth representatives from 11 mountain hill states participated. Through these experiential workshops, the youth develop a shared understanding of the concept of ‘sustainable development’ and deliberated on the development priorities of their respective regions, as they saw it.
LEAD India is the India Secretariat of IATSS Forum, Japan. LEAD India supports in identification and selection of Indian participants for the IATSS Leadership program. Starting 2018, two young persons will be chosen from India to participate in the leadership program in Japan. The first batch will participate in the Forum from in May 2018.
The IATSS Forum is an international training institute established in 1985 that aims to bring out the best qualities in individuals who will one day become future leaders in the ASEAN region. The Forum provides a place where young professionals can gather. Inviting young and outstanding individuals from respective ASEAN countries, the Forum provides opportunities for participants to understand each other’s' countries through seminars, field studies, group study, and cultural exchanges, as well as to make efforts to solve current issues in the ASEAN region and Japan, under the motto "Thinking and Learning Together."