I had the privilege of witnessing the closing of the Eastern Highlands District Youth Leaders' Workshop tonight. The 4-day intensive workshop was facilitated by the Eastern Highlands Provincial Secretariat and NGOs such as Save The Children Fund and UNICEF. Topics ranged from democracy and good governance to the environment, HIV/AIDS, child abuse, human rights, etc.
I was supposed to speak on personal financial management but was not given the program in time so I did not take part in the workshop itself, but I was given the opportunity to say a few words at the closing.
I told the participants that they should lead and manage their own lives first before they sought to lead others. I pointed out that the main problem with our leaders and bureaucrats is that they do not manage their families, finances, etc well, yet they seek to manage organisations and lead other people. Their personal lives are in a mess, and this is reflected in the way they lead and manage the country.
Several other speakers made reference to my comments in their speeches, and stressed the fact that if the youth leaders did not live exemplary lives, it will be hard for them to win the respect of other young people.
In closing my comments, I donated a copy of my latest book (Be Your Own Boss) to the Secretariat and another copy to the Advisor for Community Development.
I also met two youth leaders from the Okapa District who told me they were very happy to meet me in person because they hear me talk on radio. One of them told me that he makes it a point to hang around his radio on Wednesday mornings just to hear me speak, before he goes out for the day. It was good to receive feedback like this from listeners.