In 2014, the UN declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day, to celebrate the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.
Since then, World Youth Skills Day has provided a unique opportunity for dialogue between young people, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, firms, employers’ and workers’ organisations, policy-makers and development partners.
The cohort 5 of the Certificate in Leadership for Social Change programme started on Saturday, 6 July 2019. The YUVA Academy’s School of Leadership and Development welcomed 18 aspiring leaders, including NGO representatives from various parts of the island. The Certificate in Leadership for Social Change programme is delivered by YUVA Executive Director, Krishna Athal.
This course teaches you critical concepts to help you better understand, operate, and thrive in leadership roles. We challenge you to apply learning using a realistic simulation, based on real-world leadership experiences. We aim to develop your leadership knowledge to become an effective leader in order to foster social change through leadership development. Using interactive activities, including reflexive journals, you develop your own understandings of what constitutes good leadership and how to apply this knowledge in real-life situations.
The cohort 5 of the Certificate in The Entrepreneurial Mindset programme started on Saturday, 6 July 2019. The YUVA Academy welcomed 16 aspiring entrepreneurs, including NGO representatives from various parts of the island. The Certificate in The Entrepreneurial Mindset programme is delivered by YUVA’s Programme Coordinator, Adiilah Mohorun.
Uncover the secrets of thinking like an entrepreneur to create value for stakeholders and society across a variety of business settings. What does it really mean to think entrepreneurially? The entrepreneurial process isn’t only for start-ups, it’s a comprehensive mindset that will teach you to identify, assess, shape, and act on opportunities in a variety of contexts, settings and organisations. The ability to ‘think like an entrepreneur’ and ‘act like an innovator’ are critical skills for success across industries and are proven tools to help distinguish you in the workplace and to accelerate your career.
We’ve always been told and made to understand that education is the key to our career success. Finish school, enrol in university, earn your degree, and enter the job market ready to impart your newly learned skills and knowledge. In more recent years, the model may have slightly changed and people can take different routes to achieve career success, but the premise is still pretty much intact.
Similarly, there seems to be a common thought trend that the more education one partakes in, the more productive they will be for the workforce. It’s not uncommon or out of the ordinary to cling to a thought like this; after all, the assumption is that the more you have studied and learned, the better you will be in whatever job you are working in.
On Saturday, May 25 2019, the School of Leadership and Development of YUVA Academy conducted a leadership training with candidates of Mr, Miss and Mrs India Worldwide Mauritius 2019 in Cybertower, Ebene. The training lasted for about 6 hours.
Leadership does not depend on one’s position but on one’s skills. Apart from being a leader of a team, individuals should also be able to lead themselves. The aim of the workshop was to improve the participants’ leadership skills and help them to present their best selves at the final of the pageant.
The workshop started with an ice-breaking session of self-introduction. Participants introduced themselves and the reasons for attending the workshop and answered different questions that revealed much of their personalities. For example, ‘If you can become an animal, which animal do you want to be and why?’ When a participant was asked which movie she wanted to experience, she was hesitant and did not know how to answer. However, with others’ encouragement, she finally gave her own answer. Ice-breaking is such an activity that encourages individuals to talk openly and creates a friendly environment. The self-introduction session ended in a cheerful atmosphere.
The last session of the Student Leadership Programme (SLP) was held on Monday 8 April 2019 at the Shaan-e-Rasool Mosque in Plaine Verte with students of the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD).
Throughout the programme, the students were able to learn about the concept of leadership, a topic that they were previously unfamiliar with, and to reflect on how they can cultivate leadership traits and apply these to their individual lives. The programme consisted of interactive sessions and fun activities, such as role plays, making shapes and figures out of modelling clay, speeches and dialogues to capture the attention of the students and increase their interest in the topic.
On Monday, 18 March 2019, 15 students from the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD) were introduced to the Student Leadership Programme (SLP) delivered by trainers of the YUVA Academy.
This first session took place at the Paul Tourreau Community Centre. The students were aged between 16 and 17 and were mainly from the fields of housekeeping and electric work. Although they lacked the know-how on the topic, they were zealous to learn and utilise the knowledge and skills to be gained from the programme in their professional careers as well as personal lives.
According to estimates, a total number of 329 cases of HIV/AIDS cases were detected in the year 2016 in which 319 cases were Mauritians and 10 cases were foreigners. The yearly positivity rates of HIV recorded seem to be 0.36% for the year 2016, which concludes that the total number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Mauritius is 6671. Statistics clearly indicate that men have the highest prevalence of HIV as out of the 6671 cases 5061 are men and 1610 are women. Since 1987 Mauritius has reported approximately 953 deaths due to HIV. Continue reading “The Situation of HIV/AIDS in Mauritius”
As austerity measures deepen, are big businesses unwittingly contributing to social injustice? If so, who will fill the gap they are leaving?
Recent political and financial events have seen businesses retrench, dig in and attempt to ride out the storm. To many, this suggests that the corporate world is being indifferent to its social responsibility. Community projects are being curtailed and cash donations to charities drying up. The impact can only be detrimental. Continue reading “Why We Are Converting YLA Into a Social Enterprise”
YUVA, in close collaboration with the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC), is organising a second edition of the Opportunity Forum; this time at Lallmatie Social Welfare Centre.
This event is in-line with YUVA’s goal to reduce unemployment among young people in Mauritius.
The event would be held on Sunday 2 April 2017 at the Lallmatie S.W.C., targeting mainly the unemployed young people of the district of Flacq.
Attendees would be able to follow a one-hour presentation by YUVA and HRDC, and they will be able to register (on-spot) for the National Skills Development Programme for training in technical skills that are in high demand. The youngsters’ education level varied from form III to HSC.
The professional courses being offered to the young people are in different sectors, mainly Tourism & Hospitality, Construction, ICT and Nursing. The duration of the courses may vary from 6-12 months.
Apart from getting a free professional course, every participant would also be receiving a monthly stipend of Rs 6,000.
We, at YUVA, are proud to bring our brick to contribute in reducing unemployment in Mauritius. We invite all unemployed young people residing in the district of Flacq to join us on that day, so that they can grab the opportunities we are offering to them for a better future.
Note: YUVA will soon be organising similar forum every month in the rest parts of Mauritius. Do not worry if we haven’t yet reached your district; we will ultimately.