LEAD with EMPATHY

a peer-taught leadership development curriculum designed to strengthen the capacity and confidence of refugee men and women.

To address a gap in leadership development and building upon the foundation of sisterhood that formed between Little Ripples Education Directors and Teachers, iACT created LEAD with EMPATHY, a peer-taught leadership development curriculum designed to strengthen the capacity and confidence of refugee men and women.

LEAD with EMPATHY is part of Little Ripples Teacher Training III. Little Ripples Education Directors and Teachers in camp Goz Amer were the first to pilot the program and, with their direct support and input, the curriculum was expanded to its current format.

The objectives of the program include:

Increasing the necessary skills of all Education Directors and teachers to manage and lead the Little Ripples program.

Increasing the capacity of Education Directors to mentor and empower Little Ripples teachers.

Strengthening the foundation of interconnectedness and sisterhood between the teachers.

Empowering the women to take initiative at refugee camp education and leadership meetings.

LEAD with EMPATHY is a thirty-week curriculum completed during the Little Ripples teachers’ weekly meeting. The curriculum focuses on leadership, empathy, facilitation, community organizing, human rights, and gender equality; engages refugees in reflecting on their cultural norms; and culminates in a community action project completed in small groups of two or three. Those who complete the
program have increased knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary for leadership at Little Ripples and in their community.

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