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17 May 2021, London
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
African-Inspired Leadership Training Project Presented on Africa Day
Lead4Hope, a UK-wide leadership development programme based on African philosophy, will be unveiled on 25 May
25 May is Africa Day and is marked around the world as an occasion for everyone to celebrate the African continent, its people, and its global cultural influence.
In the UK, Africa Day will see the public launch of Lead4Hope, a unique 2-year leadership development project created by the Policy Centre for African Peoples (PCAP), and inspired by African philosophical principles. Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Lead4Hope will offer training and practical advice to up to 30 leaders from ethnic minority and disadvantaged backgrounds. The programme specifically aims to empower those who engage with policymakers over COVID-19 and structural inequalities.
Lead4Hope aims to support existing and aspiring leaders to gain self-knowledge and self-confidence, and to boost their capacity to confront and overcome challenges to the process of alleviating systemic inequalities. Through a 6-month personalised coaching and support package, participants will also improve their focus, motivation, wellbeing, as well as their capacity to achieve their goals in a unique and effective way.
The public launch of Lead4Hope will be chaired by Frances Mensah Williams CBE, the founder and Managing Editor of the online magazine Reconnect Africa. The event will be hosted by PCAP, and is free and open to all.
Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell, founder and Executive Director of PCAP, who will present the project at the launch event, said: ‘Providing ethnic minority and disadvantaged leaders with outstanding leadership skills is particularly important in the current UK context. Ethnic minority and disadvantaged people have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, and leaders from these groups must find more effective ways of engaging with policy and decision-makers to eradicate structural inequalities and restore hope to their communities. Our Lead4Hope programme will enable them to do that.’
The Lead4Hope launch event will begin with a minute’s silence to commemorate the late Dr Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem. The renowned Pan-Africanist, educator and thinker, whose mentoring encouraged Aboa-Bradwell to create PCAP, tragically died in a car crash in 2009 on Africa Day.
Mounira Chaieb, Abdul-Raheem’s widow, says: ‘I am moved and pleased to see my late husband and his lasting legacy celebrated in this way.’
Zarina Douglas-Sori, a Grants Officer at the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, who will speak at the event to set out why the Trust is funding Lead4Hope, says: ‘The Trust is committed to funding projects that challenge democratic governance and institutions in their response to the dual harms of Covid-19 and systemic racism. We are delighted to support this unique and much-needed project which will equip leaders from minority backgrounds with skills to improve democratic accountability at the local and national levels.’
Please Note: This event will abide by the PCAP public engagement rules: attendees willing to ask questions to speakers must submit them 2 days prior to the event at the latest. Attendees are encouraged to read the press release and visit PCAP’s website for more information
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Event’s Details: ‘Lead4Hope Project Launch on Africa Day’, 25 May 2021, 6 pm – 7 pm, via zoom
Registration: via the Eventbrite link
Zoom Details: To be provided upon registration
About the Policy Centre for African Peoples (PCAP): PCAP was founded in the UK in 2008. We envision a world where personal and collective prosperity, justice and common good stem from better education, leadership and social engagement. To realise this mission, we empower our projects’ participants to succeed in these areas using our unique training model in 6 steps inspired by African philosophy: Harmonisation, Acceptation, Attenuation, Absorption, Relaxation and Differentiation. For more information, please visit https://pcap.org.uk/
Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell, executive director of PCAP, is available for interview on (+44) (0) 7765414274.