Capricorn Group again showed its commitment to the education sector through its partnership with Capacity Trust, a human resources and industrial psychology consultancy, to carry out intensive leadership workshops for Learner Representative Councils (LRCs) of high schools in Windhoek.
Capricorn Group has been sponsoring ‘Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today’ for three years, impacting 360 LRCs in 12 schools in Windhoek. This year the programme reached out to Concordia Secondary School, Hage G. Geingob High School, A. Shipena Secondary School, Acacia high School, Windhoek High School and Eros Girls school. The programme commenced in 2018 but faced numerous hiccups last year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
During these short workshops, learners complete psychometric tests, allowing them to further develop their conflict management, communication, change management and leadership skills. Carrying out a programme of this nature at different schools can take up to five hours per school.
Using the Jung Type Indicator, the participants’ personality type is assessed, and structured feedback is provided around their types and how this impacts their ability to lead, communicate, and solve problems individually and as a team. Activities are then carried out to build on strengths and improve weaknesses where needed. The results are phenomenal, producing improved self-awareness, self-management, and interpersonal management. This project is expected to expand to schools in remote areas of the country later in the year. “We are truly proud to be a part of the development of these young leaders in partnership with Capacity Trust and will continue to be a Connector of Positive Change through active involvement in educational development,” said Marlize Horn, Group Executive: Brand & Corporate Affairs.
Participant Selma Iyambo from Hochland High School told New Era on enquiry that she appreciates learning the basics which will help her going forward for new roles that will arise.
“They taught us some great components that we will need in our lives, such as teamwork as well as planning ahead before doing something. It was really educative and informative and amazing because we were being educated and, in some way, practising it at the same time.”