From my experience of teaching, I have become more confident in leading and speaking.
Dylan Denvir, Bangor Team 2018
Saphara team members are young leaders
Transformational leadership programme
Saphara believes in the potential of young people to change the world, for themselves and for others. Our programmes give young people from Northern Ireland the opportunity to engage in issues of justice and global citizenship. During their time with Saphara, they work with other young people from across the community divide as well as with disadvantaged children in India, sharing stories about the things that matter to them and learning how they can work together for social change.
When a young person joins a Saphara team, they begin a year-long Transformational Leadership Programme. The goals of the programme are to:
raise awareness of the issues young people are facing globally;
help young people recognise their responsibilities as a global citizen;
stimulate conversations between team members, relatives, friends and the wider community;
seek transformational encounters both at home and in India.
Our Saphara teams are made up of pupils from different community backgrounds and involve both selective and non-selective schools in Northern Ireland. From the very beginning of the journey our teams run fundraising and information events designed to get their friends, families and wider communities talking together about social issues.
When the teams reach India, they continue their growth and reflection through regular evening sessions and the Global Awareness Weekend. This special couple of days gets young people leading critical thinking exercises and activities with inspirational leaders in Indian NGOs and with senior diplomats including the Irish Ambassador.
Throughout this part of their journey, our team members are in regular contact with Indian young people both in the classroom taking English lessons, and outside it as they share aspects of their culture and life experiences. This is often the most rewarding part of the journey as they discover what it is like being a young person in another country, with all the similarities and differences that brings.
On completion of the programme, the young people are equipped with resources to share what they have learnt among their peers at school. Through this, Saphara aims to raise awareness of these issues throughout the whole school community and create a legacy that will be passed on to future generations.
To read about their experiences directly, check out our most recent updates below or visit our blog page.