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KL hosts new ‘real leadership’ workshops for kids

KUALA LUMPUR – Kids will be joining the Center for Asia Leadership (CAL)’s brand-new workshops on communication and creativity based on frameworks and ideas taught at leading institutions, on July 30-31 and August 1-2 at the Graduate Centre, Sunway University.

Designed for 9 to 12-year olds, the Little Leaders Lab program aims to foster and guide children’s natural creativity and confidence through two upcoming workshops, namely: Persuasive Developing Communication Skills and Developing Design Thinking and Creative Confidence Skills.

Supplemental learning

For CAL Teaching Fellow Haley Burns, an alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and one of the lead facilitators of the program, the learning experience will be a good supplement to the children’s formal school education. She said: “By building on a foundation of those types of skill sets [leadership communication], the children are going to be exposed to frameworks and ideologies that they might not be receiving in their current education systems. So I think it’s a neat opportunity for them to explore a different type of architecture.”

The engaging learning sessions include speech-writing, story-telling, problem-solving activities, among others. The Little Leaders Lab’s program design recognizes the need to strengthen 21st century competencies like communication and problem-solving skills.

“When I was young, I attended 4 to 5 camps every year and it really exposed me to different ideas, different ways of looking at the world and how to build relationships and manage them. I hope that it’s not just the content that they learn, but also the importance of the right mindset and attitude,” explained Center for Asia Leadership Co-founder and President Samuel Kim.

Top-notch Teaching Fellows

Both workshops feature a mix of interactive elements and activity-based learning sessions facilitated by top-notch Teaching Fellows, like Burns, an education specialist with a master’s degree in International Education Policy from Harvard. She has seven years of professional experience in teaching, curriculum development, coaching, and school governance in Asia, Latin America, and North America. Another CAL Teaching Fellow leading the workshops is Karishma Mhapadi, also a graduate of the Harvard School of Education. A former Teach for India Fellow, Mhapadi has a background in advanced statistics, microeconomics, education policy, and teaching.

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Established in 2014, the Center for Asia Leadership is a group of non-profit organizations that aims to “address social needs and problems in Asia through research, development, training, and publications, all focused on social and public leadership, innovation, and educational practices” by bringing the best of leadership principles and practices on change-making taught at Ivy League universities to Asia.

By Lee Jeannie & Nirva Delacruz 

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