The start of every year at the Poly sees the institution’s Department of Student Affairs organise and host a Student Leadership Workshop for those students that have been elected to positions of leadership on the SRC and HC. The aim of the initiative is to prepare and equip the institution’s student leaders with the knowledge and skills they will need throughout the year.
According to Aletta McNally, Student Counsellor and HIV/Aids Coordinator at the Poly, the three-day workshop is “designed to provide student leaders with the opportunity to unlock their leadership potential and to develop the essential leadership skills needed for effective student leadership.”
The workshop provided basic principles of student leadership and conduct, effective communication and decision-making skills,” McNally said. The initiative also aims to equip the Poly’s student leaders with creative thinking strategies and processes.
A range of presenters from all spheres of life deliver presentations and spoke to the student leaders, including Professor Joseph Diescho, Executive Director of the Namibia Institute for Public Administration and Management (NIPAM), and Leadership Educator and Motivational Speaker, Saki Nikodemus.
McNally believes that the Student Leadership Workshop offers clear benefits to student leaders, saying that “the student leaders definitely apply the skills and knowledge they gain at the workshop during their year in office.”