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2019 Young Innovation Leaders Fellowship opens in Accra


Date: Thursday September 5, 2019, 5:43 pm


By: WatchGhana.Com/Edmond Gyebi


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The Young Innovation Leaders (YIL) Fellowship has commenced its maiden leadership training for some selected young Ghanaian graduates who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and desire in their personal development, career and academics to solving problems in society.

The YIL-Fellowship is simply raising young professionals who can inspire, initiate, manage and lead innovation in the communities.

Out of the over 200 applications received for 2019 Fellowship, 21 young Ghanaians with excellent track records qualified for the four (4) months intensive capacity building training which is fully funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). They are graduates from 12 universities in nine (9) regions of Ghana, and from 23 different disciplines.

Speaking at the opening session of the training in Accra, the Country Director for the Young Innovation Leaders Fellowship, Dr. Anna Fokouh-Boadu indicated that the main aim of the Fellowship was to identify more young people and train, inspire, mentor and empower them to become agents of change in society.

“As we all know, there are certain problems that we are facing as society and everybody is always talking about the problems, but what are we doing about those problems? Are we waiting for government to solve them for us or are we waiting for foreigners to come and solve them for us?”

According to Dr. Anna Fokuoh-Boadu, most of the problems are already known to the members of society, but there are not many people with the right practical solutions to them.

But with the ongoing training, the selected trainees she noted will be equipped with the requisite skills, knowledge and the right approach to solve those problems in society.

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YIL-Fellowship Country Director further noted said that they will be trained in four major project areas: (a) using ICT to improve agriculture in Ghana; (b) water, sanitation and hygiene; (c) innovation for early learning and (d) digital health tools.

Dr. Anna Fokuoh-Boadu said that the trainees have been grouped into four and each group assigned with mentors or special trainers.

The Founder of Young Innovation Leaders Fellowship, Dr. Obichi Obiajunwa said the YIL Fellowship is a four-month annual leadership immersion programme in innovation management designed to empower young professionals to attain their ultimate career dreams and inspire innovation in their spheres, and to unleash human potentials and scale up excellence.

The 2019 Fellowship he indicated is structured to operate in two stages: a challenging but rewarding four-month programme focused on training in leadership and innovation management, and the mentorship and continuous personal development.

Dr. Obichi Obiajunwa the fellows are expected to use the knowledge and skills they are acquiring to create changes within the society by undertaking projects to scale up the skills to benefit more people at the local levels.

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Ms. Fareeda Latif, a Youth Fellow with UNFPA noted that her organization was partnering with YIL-Fellowship because their mandate falls in line with UNFPA’s vision of ensuring the potential of every young person anywhere is fulfilled.

She said that the UNFPA will also provide technical hands on support to YIL-fellowship as the trainees move into the communities later to work on projects.   

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Venture Capital Trust Fund, Mr. Yaw Owusu-Brempong, a Deputy Director for Pharmaceutical Services at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Mrs. Angela Ama Ackon and the Managing Director of Mangel Klicks Company Limited, Dr. Charles Kwamena Ackon were all present to inspire the fellows.

 

Source: WatchGhana.Com/Edmond Gyebi

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    Perla M.
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    Really great initiative!

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