gold-youth has taught me to be a leader
My name is Nkweto Bwalya and I am a gold Mentor Peer Educator at Nchanga site in Zambia. I am 16 years old in a family of 4, and I am the second born.
Before I became a gold Peer Educator, I didn’t have the confidence to lead a team and speak at public events. It was a struggle to get to an event and represent any group, and although I was engaged in school activities, it was a problem.
Ever since I joined the gold programme my confidence has grown tremendously. I can speak at public events as I have been equipped during Lesson Delivery and Talk Group sessions that are conducted in schools and at community advocacy events by gold Peer Educators.
This exposure has helped me become a leader with confidence with the view that I am able to do it. gold has really made me a leader for the future. I am focused and determined to offer my best for the future. gold for life.
I re-discovered my future.
I am a girl of 13 years old born in a family of two girls, and a mother who is a teacher. We live with my grandmother.
I am in Grade 9 at Sekela Secondary School. My problem was having difficulty with subjects at school. I found every subject difficult to understand, literally everything .This made my classmates laugh at me. I was called all sorts of names… dull head, koo-koo… and because of this I dreaded attending classes to the extent of dropping out of school.
During class there was an activity on improving your performance in subjects. This was conducted by Peer Educators from gold-youth. The topics challenged me to put effort in studying and working hard. The topic covered how to plan for studying, and also give more attention to the subjects that seemed difficult. Since then I am a living example that my grades have improved tremendously that I am ranked high among the top 8 in my class. I am so happy that I have silenced critics. gold has really helped me a great deal. The gold team is indeed a generation of leaders discovered, leading individuals to re-discover themselves for the future.