Some people are born possessing leadership skills while others need to be trained and groomed.  GAICAM took upon herself to train and build leaders by organising the GAICAM Leadership and Entrepreneurial Fellowship (GALEF) which is an annual GAICAM program that brings together aspiring Leaders and potential Entrepreneurs from across Cameroon to orientate and train them on sustainable Leadership and Entrepreneurial skills for today’s complex digital environment. This annual program helps young people create new businesses, while reducing youth unemployment and improving the living standards of their families and communities. The GAICAM fellowship is aimed at investing in the next generation of Cameroonian and African Leaders and potential Entrepreneurs who will serve as pavements to the emergence of Cameroon and the continent of Africa at large.

The 4th edition of GALEF – 2019 took place in Yaoundé – Cameroon for the first time since its inception, from Monday the 19th to Saturday 24th August 2019. The 2019 edition of the fellowship was organized under the theme “Mobilizing the Indispensable human capital to Inspire and Drive Community Development for a better Cameroon and Africa”, in partnership with TENSO, the Ministry of Small and Medium Size Enterprises, Social Economy and Hand Craft.  The objectives of this fellowship included:

  •  To train young and vibrant Cameroonians with sustainable leadership and entrepreneurial skills, so they can serve as pavement to the emergence of Cameroon, and Africa at large.
  • To Inspire, motivate and empower participants with the necessary skills that would enable them to be more creative, innovative, proactive, industrious and resourceful to the nation, while promoting growth and enhancing peace in their communities.
  • To provide a suitable platform for young people to gainfully improve on their communication skills, creative skills, and positive personality traits through the fellowship debates and other interactive activities.
  • To provide participants with a common platform which enables them to meet prominent leaders, nation builders, successful entrepreneurs, business organizations, and international institutions, paving the way for them to think out of the box, see beyond the confine of their survival, as well as empower them with the right skills to take-up leadership responsibilities and to engage in creating new business ventures.

The 2019 edition of the fellowship brought together 65 participants from eight (8) regions of Cameroon, namely: North, Far North, Centre, Littoral, East, South, West, South West, and North West, comprising of 39 females and 26 males. For the first time since the inception of the fellowship, all fellows were camped and fed by GAICAM and partners, as recommended by past fellows. The fellowship brought together young Cameroonians of age 18 to 30, comprising of aspiring and practicing entrepreneur’s as well young community leaders and University students with passion for Leadership and Entrepreneurship.

Over 95% of the participants were grounded with sustainable leadership and entrepreneurial skills, interpersonal skills, team building skills, as well as a significant improvement in their good governance attributes.

For more information and insight on the 4th EDITION OF GAICAM LEADERSHIP AND ENTREPRENEURIAL FELLOWSHIP (GALEF) – 2019, read the complete annual report HERE

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