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Burnley students take leadership skills to Oman

02 February 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Workshop designed to support community development

Burnley students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have travelled to Oman to deliver a bespoke training programme for young people designed to provide them with basic leadership skills to aid community development.

The 11 UCLan students, who are all on years two and three of the community leadership programme at the University’s Burnley campus, worked with 50 young Omani people from disadvantaged backgrounds to provide them with basic peer leadership skills and give them an opportunity to identify, plan and resolve a community issue.

The UCLan cohort joined forces with the International College of Engineering and Management (ICEM) and the University of Nizwa in Oman to deliver the four-day Global Youth Solutions programme co-ordinated by UCLan’s Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership (CVCL), which is also based at the Burnley Campus.

It involved team building and public speaking activities alongside presentation and communication skills workshops.

“The workshop was amazing; I have gained a lot of practical insight into successfully implementing community development projects.”

Oman Visit

Yasmeen Ali, Volunteer Development Co-ordinator from the UCLan CVCL, commented: “The aim of the Global Youth Solutions Programme is to engage, empower and enable young people from disadvantage backgrounds to find and fulfil their true potential through peer education.

“It allows them to interact with others outside of their usual social circle and provides them with the opportunity to improve their leadership skills to equip them with the confidence to generate positive change not just in their lives but in their community. This ability to implement positive change within a community is also instrumental in creating a more cohesive and understanding society.”

Fatma al Maskari, an alumnus of ICEM and UCLan, said: “The workshop was amazing; I have gained a lot of practical insight into successfully implementing community development projects.”

The CVCL is recognised globally for its work in developing community cohesion and active citizen projects. It has successfully developed local, national and global partnership networks for over 500 academic institutions and community centred organisations.