Ideas off and run­ning

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

JAMIL Baba is hop­ing the skills he gains from the John Curtin Lead­er­ship Academy will help him when he re­turns to Nige­ria.

The St James res­i­dent and post­grad­u­ate ge­ol­ogy stu­dent is among the Curtin Univer­sity stu­dents who will take part in the academy dur­ing Se­mes­ter 1.

Mr Baba will vol­un­teer for On My Feet, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­vides run­ning pro­grams for peo­ple deal­ing with home­less­ness.

Mr Baba said he heard good things about the lead­er­ship academy from a friend at the univer­sity.

“My friend told me it was good for build­ing lead­er­ship skills and ex­pe­ri­ence, of which I wanted both in my pro­fes­sional life and to help my com­mu­nity,” he said.

“We were at a camp when the or­gan­i­sa­tions pitched for us and I thought On My Feet was the right choice be­cause it has close con­tact with the com­mu­nity.

“There are is­sues in Nige­ria about home­less­ness and un­em­ploy­ment, so that is pri­mar­ily my rea­son for choos­ing to work with this or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

Mr Baba said his role would be to en­cour­age more par­tic­i­pants to take part in the pro­gram.

“We run a num­ber of ses­sions each week and we’ll be en­cour­ag­ing the home­less or un­em­ployed to be­come more phys­i­cally and men­tally fit,” he said.

“If they are phys­i­cally fit it can help them find em­ploy­ment; it’s not about giv­ing them the skills but about giv­ing them the right at­ti­tude.”

It was a great chance to ex­pand his net­works, he said.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Jamil Baba is tak­ing part in the John Curtin Lead­er­ship Academy. d466329

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