the congo tree

the congo tree

From Minerva Chamagua

The World Youth Leadership Development (WYLD) Programme is our transferable skills and leadership development training course.

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we are the American representatives of THE CONGO TREE which is an organisation/charity with presence in the UK and the democratic republic of Congo. We aim to bring our presence and work to the USA as soon as possible but we currently lack time and resources. We are helpless to do anything about the time but we thought a couple of kind souls who share our vision could help out with the resources bit. But first lets talk about THE CONGO TREE and why your help and donations would go a long way.

HE CONGO TREE is a youth development organisation and charity based in DRC and the UK. We believe in developing the skills of young people – the next generation of leaders. Our WYLD Programme equips young people with transferable ‘life’ and leadership skills, supports them with mentoring and encourages them to get involved in their community. The World Youth Leadership Development (WYLD) Programme is our transferable skills and leadership development training course.

The WYLD programme is an intensive activity and discussion based initial training course. Through peer-learning techniques, we aim to build transferable ‘life’ and leadership skills in problem-solving, communication, creativity, enterprise and leadership with integrity. Designed to work specifically with young people who are growing up in difficult contexts, giving young people the space to dream, the support to achieve and the tools to overcome barriers builds resilience, opportunities and, most importantly, hope for a positive future.

HE CONGO TREE is a youth development organisation and charity based in DRC and the UK. We believe in developing the skills of young people – the next generation of leaders. Our WYLD Programme equips young people with transferable ‘life’ and leadership skills, supports them with mentoring and encourages them to get involved in their community. The World Youth Leadership Development (WYLD) Programme is our transferable skills and leadership development training course.

Transferable Skills are learnt behaviours that are necessary within many social contexts, specifically the workplace. They are often the skills that allow theory to be put into practical action. The 2012 UNESCO Education For All report defines transferable skills as including, “the ability to solve problems, communicate ideas and information effectively, be creative, show leadership and conscientiousness, and demonstrate entrepreneurial capabilities” (p.27-8). So what we mean when we say ‘transferable skills’ is:

Problem-solving skills: Intellectual skills that enable you to identify and analyse problems and find creative, realistic solutions.

Communication skills: Also called interpersonal or people skills, these allow you to positively relate to, communicate with, influence and inspire, and to express your ideas and opinions articulately to others.

Creative skills: Includes both practical hands-on or technical skills and creative, innovative thinking around possibilities, solutions and opinions.

Entrepreneurial capabilities: Aspiration and resilience – this is the skill to put creative problem-solving ideas into practice, along with good time, task and resource management and the ability to plan strategically.

Leadership skills and conscientiousness: These concern character, for example, integrity and values, reliability, diligence, decision-making ability, responsibility, and organisational skills. They also cover vision-casting and the ability to lead others.

These transferable skills go hand-in-hand with a person’s self-awareness and self-confidence, and personal values.

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