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CELF 2022 : Organizer announces date for Third Edition

The organizer of Countryside Emerging Leaders Fellowship (CELF), has announced that the CELF 2022 camp will open between December 1 and 14 with 32 young students (sixteen males and sixteen females).

CLEF convener, Mr Lawal Olalekan Olohungbebe made the announcement on Wednesday at the pre-camp media briefing held in Ilorin, Kwara state capital.

According to him, “CELF 2022 participants were carefully selected, following their brilliant performance in all the stages of exams and interviews conducted by CELF team, with the support of the Kwara State Teaching Service Commission.

“In this edition of our impactful, far-reaching educational, mentoring and capacity development program, a new theme ‘environmental sustainability’ has been added to the three thematic areas of CELF, namely personal development, entrepreneurship and community development.

“This becomes important as the world is now focused on climate change adaptation and mitigation. Therefore, there is a need to raise environmentally-conscious future leaders who will be advocates for safer and greener environment in their immediate communities.

“Another new feature of CELF 3.0 is the introduction of mentoring series. This is a life-changing interactive dialogue between an exemplary and high achieving individual who is a leader of thought and the CELF fellows. The goal is to empower the youths with the right leadership skills and imbue them with the right kind of motivation to inspire and energise them towards greater accomplishments.”

Lawal Olohungbebe further explained that, “three students, who have best results in WAEC or NECO from each of the thirty-two selected schools, participated in the paper-based tests and interviews. One winner was eventually picked from each of the schools.

“In all, the 16 local government areas are represented by a male and a female each. This implies that CELF fellows, like in the previous editions, are selected based on merits, as no individual, group or organisation influenced the selection process.”

While appealing to individuals, corporate bodies and governments to partner with CELF in order to enhance functional education, especially in rural communities, Olohungbebe appreciated the Volunteers and Kwara State Government under the leadership of His Excellency. Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq who stood as the major sponsor for the previous edition.

He equally appreciated the media community, especially the online spectrum for their unquantifiable contributions, commitment and support they’ve rendered to ensure that the program continued to receive wide publicity.

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