One of the key statements in Chengelo’s Vision is that it aims to produce leaders for the future within Zambia. Leaders in all areas including Business and Industry, Government and especially the Church.
To achieve this the school:
- Teaches students specifically about all aspects of leadership.
- Works on developing the qualities within students required for leadership.
- Gives students opportunities to gain experience in leadership roles.
Chengelo recognizes a broad range of qualities necessary to lead effectively in today’s world. Whilst their clarity of thinking and expression and their ability to communicate will be dealt with through their academic study, Chengelo offers plenty of opportunities to develop team building skills. Students are given problem solving tasks to develop their initiative and high expectations are set for students in their personal conduct as role-models for others. The Lord Jesus is lifted up as the ultimate example of servant leadership.
Leadership is a theme that frequently appears in the curriculum and is discussed in services and assemblies. We often invite guest speakers from around the world to speak on Christian leadership. Students are presented with role models for leadership amongst older students. However, there are specific times when leadership is explored more directly.
Our outdoor centre, Ndubaluba, trains students to work together in teams and, from the very beginning, to respond to each other’s leadership. They run a Leadership Training course for all our students in Form 4.
An interactive training programme for prefects runs throughout the year led by a variety of staff. Our prefects organize their own training weekend with guest speakers invited to discuss with them the challenges of leadership in our modern world. Recent guest speakers have included: Mr Evans Chibiliti, (Secretary to the Treasury) Ms Chishala Kateka, (Executive Director Zamnet), Mrs Doris Mwinga, (Clerk to the National Assembly).
Opportunities for Leadership
In the lower school pupils are given opportunities to manage their environment, in the hostels, in the classrooms and on the sports field. Students may serve the school through responsibilities helping as music monitors or library assistants. They may represent their class in various student bodies such as the Student representative committee. Each sports team is led by its captain; each House event is led by its senior house students.
In the Senior School students begin taking on responsibilities over younger students. From Form 4 they begin as Monitors, in the hostels, in the primary, on outdoor trips, in the clinic, within the community, and through overseeing prep or assisting in mealtimes. They take responsibility to ensure high standards are maintained.
In the Sixth Form students will all help to run clubs, and are expected to be role-models for younger students. They may be called upon to assist in organizing school events. Students may also be chosen as Prefects at this stage with specific responsibilities within the school. Leading the Student body are the Head Boy and Head Girl who co-ordinate the prefect team and meet weekly with the Headteacher who holds them accountable for student leadership within the school.
The school runs a group called the CIA, ‘Christians in Action’. This group divides down into various sections including music, drama, presenting, prayer and counselling, and gives students opportunities to lead in these various areas. They will take a number of assemblies during the year and will help to lead Sunday evening worship at our service called 'Fusion'. The CIA group develop thier presenting skills through running regular evenings for visiting schools at Ndubaluba where the Gospel is presented to them.
Qualities of leadership