An Insight into the Pembroke Young Leaders Course
The intensive Academic program “Young Leaders” that Bucksmore proposes takes place in the prestigious boarding school of Pembroke college. This program is built to develop key skills for future leaders of their generations, helping students to improve their English by acquiring additional language skills.
First of all, to acquire abilities to become a young leader, each week is dedicated to one real-life topic in order to provide a varied learning experience.
The week is rounded on a theme project presented each Monday by project groups in front of counsellors and other students. Then, the themes, which are accurate and different between the weeks are oriented on current issues to keep informed about ongoing news. It brings them as well a strong culture. Four hours are weekly dedicated to prepare this project in group of 4-5 people. One counsellor is in charge of one class to follow, guide, and support the two teams that composed the class.
In addition, other professors gives theory lessons to complete the weekly project. It also helps students develop leadership, negotiating and debating skills through these practical lessons. Bucksmore also welcomed guest speakers during the Journalism week from newspapers in order to help us for our projects.
The themes of the two last weeks were about journalism and the UN. The final project of journalism was to create our newspaper on a real-life case study, explaining how we could raise followers on social media and touch as many people as we could by writing articles about our chosen topic. The UN’s topic was the nuclear crisis in 2019: can we reduce nuclear weapons and save the world? To answer that question each team had to study the case of one country who actually takes parts to this debate in the UN. Then we had to decide a solution to this problem by debating.
Finally this intensive program is built to one aim: become future leaders. This is why it helps us develop self-confidence in public speaking which is very important for our future. Bucksmore’s young leaders program develops also the ease to debate, helps find good arguments, and give our opinions and thoughts. Furthermore, Students learn how to be independent by taking responsibilities, and learning how to organize their work. The Last thing taught by counsellors is working in a group and learn how to work with other people who sometimes disagree with us and have other ideas and ways of working. This last skill is truly important for their future jobs.
To conclude, the young leader program is the best way to teach teenagers how they could lead their generation.