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Mentoring is a universal practice present in almost every culture. In Africa, mentoring is mostly informal than formal. A youth can regularly receive guidance, words of wisdom from his parents, family members or an elder in the society. However, when mentoring is being informal and unstructured, it's very difficult to assess and measure its effectiveness. I therefore believe that there is a need for more structured mentoring programs in Africa. These formalised mentoring program could be holistically integrated into high school and university curriculum so that no student can end his learning journey without being mentored.

Mentoring is a key missing component in most of the higher institutions of learning and even in the workplace. Developing a culture of mentoring will definitely contribute to leadership develop in Africa

Mentoring is a universal practice present in almost every culture. In Africa, mentoring is mostly informal than formal. A youth can regularly receive guidance, words of wisdom from his parents, family members or an elder in the society. However, when mentoring is being informal and unstructured, it's very difficult to assess and measure its effectiveness. I therefore believe that there is a need for more structured mentoring programs in Africa. These formalised mentoring program could be holistically integrated into high school and university curriculum so that no student can end his learning journey without being mentored.

Mentoring is a key missing component in most of the higher institutions of learning and even in the workplace. Developing a culture of mentoring will definitely contribute to leadership develop in Africa

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The Urgency of Structured Mentoring Programs in Africa

  1. 1. If you die today, what will happen after your death? If you die today, what will happen after your death?
  2. 2. The Essentials of MentoringThe Essentials of Mentoring Christian Elongue  Mentor, African Changemakers Fellowship Christian Elongue  Mentor, African Changemakers Fellowship
  3. 3. ObjectivesObjectives SHARE KEY INFORMATION FOR DEVELOPING AN EFFECTIVE MENTORING RELATIONSHIP AND INITIATIVES FOR YOUNG AFRICANS PROVIDE INFORMATION AND STRATEGIES NEEDED TO DEVELOP MUTUALLY SATISFYING MENTORING RELATIONSHIP
  4. 4. PlanPlan
  5. 5. Activity 1Activity 1 WHAT IS MENTORING ? CAN ANYONE BE A MENTOR/MENTEE? WHAT IS THE #CE BETWEEN A MENTOR/COACH/COUNSELOR/TEACHER?
  6. 6. WHAT?WHAT?  ongoing, structured relationship with a trusted individual aimed at developing the competence and potential of the mentee  Odysseus, Telemachus, Mentor  Key elements in mentoring:  Person  Process  Product  ongoing, structured relationship with a trusted individual aimed at developing the competence and potential of the mentee  Odysseus, Telemachus, Mentor  Key elements in mentoring:  Person  Process  Product
  7. 7. Myths about mentoringMyths about mentoring Mentors are not needed when you are gainfully employed Mentors must choose their mentees A mentor cannot be a mentee (Reverse mentoring) You must have only one mentor A mentor must be older than the mentee
  8. 8. Mentoring cultureMentoring culture How do we mentor in Africa? Have you ever been mentored by someone from the other sex? Have you ever be mentored by someone younger than you?
  9. 9. WHY?WHY? IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD YOUNGEST POPULATION IN THE WORLD. SECURE YOUR LEGACY KNOWLEDGE SHARING
  10. 10. Mentoring is about building a legacyMentoring is about building a legacy  Jesus Christ never build a building  He built people. People outlast building.  The greatest investment in life is in people.  We build structure to build people (leaders)  A true leader leads in humility through service.  A true leader want people to be bigger than him.  Jesus Christ never build a building  He built people. People outlast building.  The greatest investment in life is in people.  We build structure to build people (leaders)  A true leader leads in humility through service.  A true leader want people to be bigger than him.
  11. 11. Mentoring & LeadershipMentoring & Leadership  True leader do not focus on themselve, but on other people  Authority and power is for distribution. Life is about distribution.  Authority and power is for distribution. Life is about distribution.  Good leaders EMPLOY people people, Great Leaders DEPLOY other peope. (Mt 28:19)  Leadership is not measured by how many people serve you, but how many people you serve.  Elijah vs Elisha (Cloth), David Vs Solomon (Crown), Jesus Vs Peter (Church)  True leader do not focus on themselve, but on other people  Authority and power is for distribution. Life is about distribution.  Authority and power is for distribution. Life is about distribution.  Good leaders EMPLOY people people, Great Leaders DEPLOY other peope. (Mt 28:19)  Leadership is not measured by how many people serve you, but how many people you serve.  Elijah vs Elisha (Cloth), David Vs Solomon (Crown), Jesus Vs Peter (Church)
  12. 12. Reflection
  13. 13. Activity 2: Why mentoring is critical?Activity 2: Why mentoring is critical?  Everything we have has been received from someone else.  There is no success without successors.  In foreign countries, there are national mentoring program from SHS to University.  How can we solve that?  Why do we have a lack of leadership or great leaders in our countries?  Because the oppressor did not share what he knew.  How to grow cane and coton. Education system. Don’t teach how to turn coton into a cloth.  You must mentor !  Leadership & True leadership  “Leadership is the capacity to influence others through inspiration generated by a passion motivated by avision, birthed by conviction, produced by a purpose.” Dr. Myles Munroe  True leadership is a buy product of a process  Leader never seek to be leader  Purpose – Conviction – Vision – Passion – Inspiration – Influence  Everything we have has been received from someone else.  There is no success without successors.  In foreign countries, there are national mentoring program from SHS to University.  How can we solve that?  Why do we have a lack of leadership or great leaders in our countries?  Because the oppressor did not share what he knew.  How to grow cane and coton. Education system. Don’t teach how to turn coton into a cloth.  You must mentor !  Leadership & True leadership  “Leadership is the capacity to influence others through inspiration generated by a passion motivated by avision, birthed by conviction, produced by a purpose.” Dr. Myles Munroe  True leadership is a buy product of a process  Leader never seek to be leader  Purpose – Conviction – Vision – Passion – Inspiration – Influence
  14. 14. Some mentoring initiatives in Africa Some mentoring initiatives in Africa PLO LUMUMBA MENTORSHIP PROGRAM EMENTORING AFRICA THE AFRICAN YOUTH MENTORSHIP NETWORK (AYMN) YALI MENTORING PROGRAMME
  15. 15. WHO?WHO? Have you ever mentored? Was it formal or informal? Have you ever been mentored? Can anyone be a mentor?
  16. 16. Activity 3Activity 3 Is there any leader that you admire? Why? Name 3 qualities or values Do you also portray them? What do you need to be an effective mentor?
  17. 17. WHERE?WHERE? Offsite Vs Online Workplace School Home
  18. 18. WHEN?WHEN? Child Teens Young Adult Young Graduate Young Professional Lifelong mentoring
  19. 19. HOW?HOW? Not a magical solution Practices makes perfect. Ubuntu: I’m because you are Values : integrity, communalism, cohesion, respect, generosity, care, consensus and tradition A relationship-centred paradigm
  20. 20. Activity 4Activity 4 TAKE A SHEET OF PAPER WRITE A PERSONAL SECRET ON IT FOLD & SHARE IT WITH THE PERSON BEHIND YOU.
  21. 21. Individual barriers to mentoringIndividual barriers to mentoring ChallengesChallenges  Trust  Time or lack of commitment  Competence of the mentor  Poor communication skills  Personality differences  Lack of funding  Mentee not taking initiative  Gender & power dynamics  Lack of realistic expectaction from the mentee  Trust  Time or lack of commitment  Competence of the mentor  Poor communication skills  Personality differences  Lack of funding  Mentee not taking initiative  Gender & power dynamics  Lack of realistic expectaction from the mentee SolutionSolution  Training  Time management skills  Formalising orientation  Clearly define expectations  Allow multiple level of communication  Emotional intelligence  Implementing policies  Training  Time management skills  Formalising orientation  Clearly define expectations  Allow multiple level of communication  Emotional intelligence  Implementing policies
  22. 22. How to start a mentoring program?How to start a mentoring program? 1. What is the primary goal of this program? 2. What problem are you solving? 3. Why a mentoring program? (as opposed to another kind of program.) 4. Who is the customer? (target population? consumer? beneficiary?) 5. Structure of mentoring program (one-on-one? groups? how many?) 6. Who will be responsible long-term for the program, if it continues? 7. What advisors, experts are needed to make this program succeed? 8. What are program constraints? (funding? location? schedule? process?) 9. Are resources available? (Any budget or staff? What are the limits of these resources?)
  23. 23. Some feedback from menteesSome feedback from mentees
  24. 24.  Thank You Thank You
  25. 25. Follow me: www.twitter.com/lafropolitain www.facebook.com/elonguecedric www.linkedin.com/in/christianelongue Follow me: www.twitter.com/lafropolitain www.facebook.com/elonguecedric www.linkedin.com/in/christianelongue

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