Teacher training saves lives.
When Mansingh first came to PEP training in 2006, he says he felt nervous and very shy. Even though his father was the leader in his village, he didn’t think he had much ability to lead.
But our trainers did. Our teacher trainers saw great potential in Mansingh and believed he could be a positive force for change in his village. During the training he acted in role plays depicting classroom scenes, worked in group activities to discuss challenges, and spoke in front of his fellow teachers about his life and community. PEP is convinced that building the confidence of people like Mansingh, builds the strength and hope for his community as well. Mansingh was motivated to return to his village and share with his family and friends what he had learned. He was able to tell them about the importance of girls’ education, the benefits of higher learning, and the important role that parents play in school.
Furthermore, when the floods came last year, he was able to access much needed help for his community. Mansingh was not afraid to approach government officials and NGOS to ask for assistance and supplies. He was not fearful of speaking in front of those groups, because he knew that he had been trained to be a voice for his community. In turn, his community had faith in him because of the wonderful job he had done in the school. They trusted his guidance and advice during and after the disaster. Mansingh was able to rebuild 20 houses in his community and provide the needed funds for a washroom and hand pump as well. Thanks to his leadership, his community was able to recover and is much better prepared for the next disaster.
Through the training and lessons he learned from PEP, Mansingh became a change agent for his village. He has saved the lives of people through his response to the floods; he has saved the lives of children who never thought they would have the possibility of going to school; he has saved the lives of girls who never would have attended school without his advocating on their behalf. PEP is honored to be a part of the process of his growth and leadership through our trainings. We feel so blessed and thankful that Mansingh knows he has the potential to be a great leader!
Has there been someone in your life that has invested in your leadership skills? Is there someone who has made a difference in your life because they taught you that you have immense potential?