Albert Schweitzer's Leadership for Life

Nurturing The Next Generation of Leaders

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Curriculum Modules & Learning Objectives

Albert Schweitzer’s Leadership for Life program aims to:

  • Enable young people to develop the skills, inspiration, vision, confidence, and action plans to be effective leaders.
  • To empower young people to make a positive difference to their society through the practice of effective leadership.

The programme will motivate and equip young people to:

  • Identify their personal strengths and the motivations that inspire them to become leaders.
  • Develop a clear vision of what they would like to achieve as a leader.
  • Develop a greater understanding of their style of leadership
  • Explore the challenges and difficulties of leadership
  • Develop clear communication skills
  • Explore local, national and global issues
  • Explain and apply methods of conflict resolution
  • Practice problem solving and critical thinking skills as part of a group
  • Set clear goals and develop action plans to achieve them
  • Identify goals and vision for the future
  • Organize and plan several complex project
  • Understand and use the logic model for planning
  • Participate in a voluntary capacity in their community.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills through a practical community project.
  • Reflect on their learning via learning journals

Module 1

Module 2

The first module introduces participants to the concepts of leadership and the core skills necessary to be a good leader. Participants devise a personal leadership goal and begin planning and working towards achieving this, alongside workshops focusing on communication skills, self awareness, values, and team problem solving.

Module 1 Units

  • Introduction to Albert Schweitzer’s Leadership for Life Programme
  • Introduction to Leadership
  • Understanding Leadership
  • Team Building & Critical Thinking
  • Communication Skills I & II
  • Team Problem Solving
  • Self-Awareness
  • Values
  • Community Needs Analysis
  • Global Visions
  • A Personal Vision
  • Planning to Achieve Your Leadership Goal
  • Presentations
  • Reflection & Evaluation

The second module builds on the learning from module one, with participants continuing to develop core leadership skills, while working on a team research project investigating local, community, or global issues. Module 2 introduces planning using the logic model, and advances communication and personal development skills in addition to exploring conflict resolution, critical thinking and debating.

Module 2 Units:

  • Introduction
  • Research Skills
  • Planning Using Logic Models
  • Leadership Styles
  • Self Awareness & Values
  • Team Research Project: Research Update
  • Communication Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Impromptu Debating
  • Team Research Project: Solutions and Recommendations
  • Who Leads?
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Team Research Project: Presentation Preparation
  • Team Project Presentations
  • Reflection & Evaluation

Module 3

Our advanced module enables participants to put into practice their learning from the previous modules by actively engaging in a community project of their choice, keeping a journal of their experiences, and presenting a portfolio on completion.

Module 3 is comprised of three elements:

  • Community Action Project
  • Ongoing Reflection

Projects have included:

  • Fundraising for, or volunteering with a charity
  • Mentoring a younger person through a mentoring programme
  • Making regular visits to a nursing home
  • Fundraising and travelling to Africa to volunteer in youth and community projects
  • Tidy towns projects and community clear ups
  • Coaching local youth sports teams

Advanced Programme

The advanced ASLFL programme is a conference specific programme for young people who have completed modules one and two of the taught programme, either at the conference or in a school or community setting. This programme brings together young leaders from around the world to further develop their skills, with a focus on service, facilitation, public speaking, ethical leadership and advocacy.

Advanced Programme Units:

  • Introduction
  • What is Leadership?
  • Public Speaking
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Advocacy
  • Exercising Leadership in My Community
  • Action Planning
  • Evaluation

“Search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity.”
~Albert Schweitzer