Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Mentoring and Leadership Capacity Building for Undergraduate Students in Nigeria
Explain your idea in details:
With global attention shifting towards giving young people the space and encouragement to participate and lead, population of young people seeking elective positions in Nigeria has risen following the passage of Not too Young to Run Bill. Aware that most public offices in Nigeria are occupied by former student union leaders with poor understanding of ethical leadership. Morality, ethics, transparency, accountability and good governance is lacking in Nigerias student union governments. This continuous disorientation about the true ideals of leadership, national ethics and values at student union level has snowballed into mainstream national politics. The search for true leadership and winning the war against corruption and unethical practices will remain unfruitful, leading to an impending crisis as more youths seeking election into public offices are products of the same student union associations. The objective is to build leadership capacity by inculcating positive values and sustaining a new generation of ethical leaders that will midwife the emergence of a new Nigeria founded on the ideals of our heroes past. This can be achieved through the setting up of mentoring and leadership development academy in Nigerian tertiary institutions to provide tailor-made leadership training, connect future leaders with mentors and inculcate in them the right attitude to leadership. In collaboration with ministry of education and other relevant institutions, a special curriculum in mentoring and leadership will be developed, considering the need for reorientation about ethics and values, leadership and accountability, contemporary issues affecting Africa, modern concepts, policies and practices to effectively manage resources among others. It will be made compulsory for all students, especially aspiring student union leaders to enroll at the centre and be certificated as a prerequisite to seek election in student union associations.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
This is in line with sustainable development goals 16 which is to Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. YMLDA-Nigeria hopes to educate and foster a sense of responsibility among future leaders, build leadership capacity and develop youth to lead excellent lifestyles towards building a foundation of courageous personalities for themselves in nation building. With proper support, mentorship and leadership capacity building which this programme offers, Nigerias moto of Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress and her national ethics of Discipline, Integrity, Dignity of Labour, Social Justice, Religious Tolerance, Self-reliance and Patriotism will be strongly imbibed by the younger generation. By this, the hitherto harmonious inter-ethnic and inter-religious relationships that have been punctured due to recent experiences would be reawakened, whilst the socio-economic and political environment that has continued to create scenarios of opposing value systems, political rascality, abuse of power, corruption, fiscal indiscipline, primitive accumulation of wealth, social imbalances and aggressive competition for scarce economic resources would be reduced to the barest minimum. By 2023, all Nigerian undergraduates would have been taught what it means to lead with integrity through the robust tailored made curriculum of YMLDA-Nigeria. By 2030, public offices in Nigeria would have been occupied by young people who have passed through our leadership development academy. We would use surveys to obtain responses directly from colleagues who are in direct contact with our alumni and members of the public about the leadership characteristics of our alumni. A profile of all alumni will be created and maintained for follow-up. This will enable us to measure and evaluate the success of the programme
Plans for implementation and sustainability
This initiative will be implemented through partnership with the Nigerian Government through the Ministries of Youth and Sports Development and Education, National Universities Commission, National Board for Technical Education, National Commission for Colleges of Education, Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre, National Association of Nigerian Students and Student Union Governments/Associations across all tertiary institutions in Nigeria for purpose of sustainability. Partnerships will also be sought and established with youth development partners for funding support. A memorandum of understanding will be signed between Youth Mentoring and Leadership Development Academy Nigeria YMLDA-Nigeria (Vendor) and the implementing partners who are expected to drive the process of implementation. Every institution will provide physical facilities on campus whilst YMLDA-Nigeria will develop content and execute the training. This model will thrive on public/private partnership with funding support from the partnering government institutions. A partnership deal with National Association of Nigerian Students and Student Union Government of respective tertiary institutions is expected to generate at least 5% each of total collection from student's dues to finance the programme on each campus. Sale of course materials to participants and payment of token for certificate processing is expected to yield additional income to finance the programme. We will collaborate with YALI West Africa Regional Leadership Centre and YALI Network to develop curriculum and overall programme content.
Born on April 19, 1983, Kirme Velshik is a Youth MP, mentor, activist and public affairs commentator. He represents Plateau Central Senatorial District and also presides as Chairman of North Central Caucus in the Nigerian Youth Parliament. He has over ten years' experience in student/youth leadership, peace building, mentorship, marketing and HR management. Kirme recieved specialized training on awareness of fundamental human rights/monitoring and reporting human rights violation by Centre for the Advocacy of Justice and Rights in collaboration with Search for Common Ground. Kirme has developed vast skills in understanding and interpreting legislative and policy issues on youth development. He is committed about volunteering, he is a registered UN Volunteer and Volunteer Member of Amnesty International. Kirme was Deputy Speaker, Student Union Representative Assembly at the Plateau State Polytechnic. He is the Founder/Executive Director of Jos Youth Mentoring and Leadership Development Club, a youth-led organization providing counselling, mentorship and leadership capacity building for youth. Kirme was recently appointed as Plateau State Liaison Officer for African Youth Union Commission and Steering Committee Chairman of National Youth Council of Nigeria Plateau State Chapter. He is the Plateau State Coordinator for Umar Nasko Foundation. Kirme is motivated by his sustained commitment for economic and political inclusion of youth in decision-making process on matters that concern them, and one day hopes to witness a new generation of ethical young leaders that will change the narrative of African leadership. Awards/Recognitions: Fellow, Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) West Africa Regional Leadership Centre, Motivating Africa Ambassador 2017 to date, Selected Delegate, Model ECOWAS Summit, Accra 2018, Selected Delegate, African Union Youth Stakeholders Forum, Abuja 2017, Selected Delegate, 17th Melaka International Youth Dialogue, Malaysia 2017.