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Every leadership role has its own challenges

Every leadership role has its own challenges

Is leadership learned or innate? Many individuals argue that it is learned while others would say that it is inborn. One of our beneficiaries, Moses seems to be born a leader and has learned skills that have kept him a leader throughout his school life. Many would wonder why him? Why is he always in leadership positions and what makes him always stand out as a leader? Here is why…

Class coordinator in class two…

Moses was first appointed into a leadership role when he was seven years: an age where one can barely pronounce syllables right. As a class two student, Moses was already coordinating the class in small activities but by then his performance was not very pleasing. His teachers urged him to work hard, get good grades to enable him to be successful in life.

Heeding to his teacher’s advice, he started working hard and by the time he got to class six, he was appointed the class monitor. His performance kept improving and he even became position one while in class seven resulting to him being appointed as the school’s timekeeper locally known as a bell ringer. He was the “teachers’ favourite” he describes with a grin on his face, Moses says, “It is so difficult for one to break school rules or be on the wrong when you are in a leadership role.” He adds that he has been able to build up his confidence and assertiveness over the years.

Learning to be a leader…

Moses in a training

His poise, eloquence and buoyancy make people notice his ability to lead. He is a dapper who stands out wherever he goes and if in a group, he is always asked to take charge and look after others. “It has all been a learning process for me because each leadership role I undertook came with its own challenges,” Moses utters confidently. “It has not been a bed of roses for me as it calls for wisdom, critical thinking and a good decision-maker to be a good leader”. He has undergone quite a number of trainings that have enabled him to be assertive when speaking to other students and known when to be a friend and when to be a leader.


And now the president of the school

Moses is currently in Jaribuni Secondary school in Kilifi and he is the president of the school after being appointed by teachers and majority students. He was immediately sent to Nakuru County to represent his Sub County in leadership training.  He says that he did not have to convince other students to vote for him as the president of the school, neither did he have to ask teachers to vouch for him. His character and personality spoke for him. He would walk past students and would hear them murmur “that’s our president.”

“The higher you go, the cooler it becomes.”

Moses facilitating a training

His journey may seem to have been easy but he states that it hasn’t been. “In fact,” he adds, “the higher you go, the cooler it becomes. It challenges me when a fellow student and friend breaks a school rule and I am asked to reprimand them.  This is difficult for me since I don’t usually want to lose a friend but I have a duty to fulfil at the same time.  So, I try my best to be neutral and fair to all students irrespective of one being a friend or not.”

 

As his way of giving back to the community, Moses gets to volunteer in some of our Kesho Kenya activities and trainings. In the just-ended school holiday, he mentored form ones and twos on what to consider while selecting subjects in secondary school. As if not enough, he trained his fellow high school students on being good public speakers. He told them that he perfected his public speaking by addressing audiences since he was young and speaking in front of the school during parades. It has indeed been a journey that has enabled him to sharpen his life skills and think broadly.

Leadership beyond high school

He will not only stop at high school. He plans to practice his leadership skills in university an even beyond. He wishes to be a leader in his community. He says, “It pains me to see politicians who are our leaders take care of their personal interests forgetting the people’s interest. I would like to be a leader in my community, lead by example and act in a way that can be emulated.”

His dreams and aspirations

Moses says that he would like to be a lawyer as he would love to help people from his community get and demand justice. He says that he will start by enlightening his community on their rights and work closely with organisations like Kesho Kenya in transforming and impacting the society positively. He plans to work industriously in his academics so as to attain good grades that will enable him to enrol into law school.

 

“Debating is in my blood”

“Debating is in my blood”

“I am passionate about debating, it is in my blood”, says Mapenzi, one of our beneficiaries. She recently emerged position 3 at a national debate competition. Mapenzi imagines making a career from debating. Here is what she says in an interview with Kesho Kenya.
The video on YouTube: http://bit.do/interview-debating

𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙙𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙖𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙖 𝙡𝙖𝙧𝙜𝙚 𝙖𝙪𝙙𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚?

“It is normal to be nervous but I love composing myself. When I speak to a crowd of over a 1,000 people, I assume nobody is watching me. I also think of people who have made it in life, I get encouraged, start speaking and then all my fear disappears.”

𝙒𝙝𝙮 𝙙𝙚𝙗𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜?

“I am very talkative and I like English. When it comes to debating and I see how people express themselves and are talking in front of others, I want to be the one doing that. Who knows, maybe one day, I will be the president of Kenya because of, my public speaking skills.”

𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙖𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙖 𝙡𝙖𝙧𝙜𝙚 𝙘𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙙?

“I was feeling like I am going to lose, I was not speaking at my best but I was encouraged when they announced me as the best presenter and was awarded. It felt so nice.”

𝘿𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙧𝙚𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙨𝙚 𝙙𝙚𝙗𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜?

“Actually, I don’t practice. I only need to know what I am going to talk about. I ask myself, which style I am going to use on stage to get everybody’s attention.”

𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙠𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙜𝙚𝙩 𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣?

(Laughing) “You talk unique. You speak at your best. You use all the styles that you can, e.g. acting or making people laugh. I start speaking with all my passion. You have to know how to talk to the audience and who they are.”

𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙢𝙚𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙩?

“It was when I went to St. Thomas for the national debate. All the big schools were participating. At the end, I was position 3. The other event was when I was elected Vice-Chairperson of Kilifi County. To me, it feels I can be a leader in the future.”

𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙙𝙤𝙚𝙨 𝙙𝙚𝙗𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙗𝙪𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚?

“It can support me to be more than I think about myself. I can be a lawyer, a teacher, a social worker, the president of the country. I feel like I can also make a career from debating. I don’t want only one career. I want to be a lawyer, a lecturer, a journalist and a motivational speaker.”

𝙒𝙝𝙤 𝙢𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪?

“Actually Kesho Kenya. When I came to Kesho Kenya I was shy. Through the trainings they offer and the smiles I get from staff when I am in the resource center, I am motivated to work harder so as to make Kesho Kenya proud. I thank them for moulding me into who I currently am.”