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ASRI aims to develop future leaders

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The Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute (ASRI) has launched a unique initiative with the hopes of shaping the country’s youth into individuals who will contribute towards the development and strengthening of the civil society sector. The project, entitled the ASRI Future Leaders Fellowship Program, will hope to drive young prospects towards entering civil society and growing to high ranking leadership positions, be it at non-profit NGOs, policy institutes or media groups.

ASRI’s mandate is aimed at providing an Islamic voice to discourse around South African public policy, contributing in the areas of healthcare, education, job creation and nation building amongst others.

ASRI executive director, Muhammad Cajee said the initiative will address the question as to where the countries future social entrepreneurs, political activists, journalists and public policy analysts will come from.

“If we don’t focus on developing that next generation nobody is going to do it for us. That is why this will serve as one of our flagship programmes that we will be launching next year,” he said.

The six-month program will run from February until the end of July 2016 and all successful applicants will be based in Parktown, Johannesburg. A total of 30 individuals will be accepted to the program and each will receive a monthly allowance of R5 000.

There will be an academic and theoretical component to the initiative covering everything from Ethics and Values of Leadership, Political Philosophy, Economics, Law and Public Policy, Project Management, as well as a host of other focus areas. However, a large emphasis will be placed on experiential learning and applying those theories into practice.

“The first third of the program is theoretical and the other two thirds, or about four months will be on experiential learning. These will be in terms of actual projects that the fellows could structure and implement within their areas of interest,” he explained.

Communications and Media will also be on focus during the program, covering everything from public speaking, writing, organising skills and social media.

ASRI are hoping to arrange internship placements at the end of the six month period.

The program is open to all Gauteng-based citizens under the age of 30. Applicants are required to be in possession of an undergraduate degree from any registered tertiary institution, as well as hold either South African citizenship or permission to reside in the country.

For more information or to apply for the programme please contact VOC (Mubeen Banderker)

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