UNDP supports development of future leaders through the Youth Leadership Programme
UNDP supported Democracy House, a local NGO to train 40 young leaders (half of them female) from 17 atolls in the Maldives through an intensive three weeks programme from 25th November to 15th December, 2013.
The Youth Leadership Programme consisted of class room sessions, lectures by eminent experts and exposure to a number of important state institutions including People’s Majlis. They acquired different sets of skill on self awareness, team building and communication and practical knowledge about human rights, democracy, environment and climate change issues facing the country. In addition, the youth group was given opportunities to understand and discuss on a number of social, economic, political and development challenges facing the country. During the training, half day session was organized at the UN House where they acquired information and interacted with UN staff and learnt about the work of various UN agencies in the Maldives.
The participants at the closing ceremony expressed how they benefitted from this training in widening their vision and realizing their own potential in transforming themselves as individual and young leaders in their societies. One of the greatest achievements they said was to respect differences in opinion and diverse views and understanding the feelings of others.