The second edition of the Countryside Emerging Leaders Fellowship (CELF) holding will hold in Ilorin, Kwara State capital.
The convener of the Fellowship Programme, Mallam Lawal Olohungbebe disclosed this at a press briefing on Monday.
CELF, an initiative of Haashim Initiative for Community Advancement (HICA) and Hannis Institute for Development Studies (HIDS) aimed at stimulating and inspiring creativity and critical thinking among young participants selected from 16 local government areas of Kwara State.
Recall that the first edition held at International Vocational, Technical and Entrepreneurship Centre (IVTEC), Ajase-Ipo in 2020.
Olohungbebe hinted that the state government has promised to providing scholarships to all outstanding participants across the 16 local government areas of the State.
The convener said the media briefing marks the beginning of the second edition tagged CELF 2.O with the theme: ‘ Nurturing potentials and delivering growth. ‘
“Considering the very limited opportunities available in rural communities, the quality of the education young people receive in rural areas, the level of exposure and the remote possibility of furthering their education after secondary school, CELF is conceived to breach the wide gaps for young people living in those communities.” He explained
“We believe that with the right guidance and support, they can take charge of their lives right where they are and use CELF trainings to turn around the fortunes of their families and communities.”
The convener added that the CELF 2.O has a new approach and focus as applicants would now be required to submit a letter of intent alongside other application documents, while the focus of the Fellowship itself would be to deliver trainings on entrepreneurship, mentorship, personal and community development.
Olohungbebe, who acknowledged donations and support made by individuals, corporate bodies, civil societies, community based organisations and others partners, said that the impact of the maiden edition of CELF has endeared the fellowship to a greater number of partners who have now come on board to offer their absolute support for the second edition.
He commended the Kwara State Governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq for his donations to the participants last year and for his greater commitment towards the success of this year’s edition.