Student Leadership Council Info
When you empower a person, you empower many others. Sustainable change comes from allowing people to reach their full potential so they can become more confident and able citizens in society.
According to UNFPA’s Population Report, we are at the highest rate of youth population in history. When you invest in youth, you are investing in the future for all upcoming generations.
The Student Leadership Council (SLC) seeks to empower youth by making them leaders of their school community. The 5 students elected for the SLC act as the spokes people for all of the students in the school.
The SLC representatives are able to make decisions about where the SLC funding for the school should go, have weekly meetings to discuss school issues, activities and plans, and are able to speak freely with teachers, the Principal and other members of the school staff.
The SLC consists of a Captain, a Vice Captain, and 3 Active Members; all 5 members are presented with badges to showcase their leadership role in the school community. The SLC builds confidence, resilience, hard work ethic, consciousness about social and environment issues, develops skills with public speaking and also harnesses leadership potential for the future.
The SLC is a positive initiative that seeks to bridge the gap between students and teachers, to bring the school community together so that the school can move forward, have ideas brought to life and to deliver school graduates who have practised real-life skills of problem solving, forming opinions, being a positive influence for others and being active members of society.
Our Different SLC Programs
We have different SLC programs depending on the context of the school community (e.g. urban, semi-rural, or rural).
Rural Example (Success Story):
Our SLC program in rural Shishaghat Village of the Tanahun district not only empowers the ‘mainstream’ school, bringing about leaders who have created positive changes in the school environment and culture with their SLC funding and role, but has also bridged the gap between Special Needs children and the main school.
Before our program, the 10 Special Needs children were locked away in 2 rooms, not at all included in the ‘mainstream’ school. The students of the main school did not visit this area, or seek to support the Special Needs students. After we initiated this SLC program, the 5 SLC Members started to teach the 10 students of Special Needs and began to support their learning and lifestyle. Now, these 10 students are becoming more included into the school culture and their educational needs are being catered for.
The Student Leadership Council (SLC) is a low-cost high-impact initiative which creates sustainable long-term change in the culture of communities, and allows for positive transformations to be made with the SLC funding.