Day 1 - Journey to Leadership Opening Ceremony - Burundi


Journey to Leadership Opening Ceremony - Burundi, 2011

The Europe-Africa Journey to Leadership seminar was officially launched last night in Bujumbura, Burundi.

Participants, facilitators, guests and representatives from diplomatic corps and international partners of the Burundian Girl Guides were in attendance for the opening ceremony and were treated to the beautiful sound of the Burundian drummers playing traditional songs.  Mme Justine Nkurunziza, The Chief Commissioner of the Burundian Girl Guides, welcomed the 29 participants who had travelled to Burundi from 25 countries.

Jule, Germany – Carine, Rwanda – Richel, Ghana
The Chair of the WAGGGS Europe Region, Lara Tonna, welcomed the participants, providing an overview of the objectives of the seminar and of the project that it seeks to support. She also graciously read the greetings of the Chair of the WAGGGS World Board, Nadine El Achy, who wished the participants and facilitators a fruitful week of learning, exchange and action planning.



Journey to Leadership participants

The Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture of the Burundian Republic, Jean Jacques Nyenemigabo, officially opened the seminar, praising the continuous efforts of the Girl Guides Association of Burundi as well as welcoming all the participants on behalf of the Burundian Government.

Over the next 5 days the leadership programme will provide participants with opportunities to strengthen their leadership skills, learn more about gender equality issues in their respective countries, discuss the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and their practical application and achievement in their local communities, as well as visits to local projects and much more!

The seminar continues until Sunday 10 September so stay tuned for news from Day 2!


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Richel Quarshie - 13 September 2011 - 3.00PM (GMT)

this seminar was a safari of exposure experience,expertise and excitement!

lilin Itenya - 12 September 2011 - 4.42PM (GMT)

A new journey and new experience,working together to make our future bright for the girls and the society.It was the best experience ever,I thank WAGGGS for this initiative.

maryam adigun - 11 September 2011 - 3.12PM (GMT)

i learnt lot from this training and right now am inspires and empowered and ready to go back to my country and put all the things I have learnt in action. am a great leader and my voice must be heard, well through the tactics i learnt, i would be able to convince my community to work with me and lets make the world a better place through girl guiding

Heather - 7 September 2011 - 1.53PM (GMT)

Have a wonderful time at your leadership development seminar! Make time to learn from everyone, and be open to new ideas and challenges. We're all wishing you the best experience possible!

Salomy Nakhla - 6 September 2011 - 1.31PM (GMT)

I am interested in knowing more and more about this seminar and I hope to publish the data of the ingredients of the seminar as it will be very useful for all leaders all over the world who can't participate in the ceremony. I think that. I hope more better for you.

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