Albert Einstein is reported to have said something like, ‘if you cannot teach it for a 6 year old to understand, then you don’t know it well’. One meaning of Einstein’s statement is that, if broken down well enough, almost every topic can be simply understood by children.
Einstein’s line of thinking is why Young Protege Leadership Foundation, a social enterprise from Nigeria, wants to teach children leadership skills, using a fun board game that can be played by any five-year old child.
Billed as ‘Africa’s first leadership paper board game’, this new game walks children through ethical leadership in a simple, basic, and fun filled way.
According to the game producers, the idea behind the product is simple. Many of the problems we see today in Africa can be traced to unethical and bad leadership. It appears very few people actually understand the essence of leadership, that is why many politicians, advocates, or others could end up in key positions but still not know how to lead. There are simply too many misconceptions about leadership. Some people think leadership means being a good public speaker, others think it means knowing statistics and data, and others think it is all about having a network of people who can solve a problem.
True leadership is broader than all the above and this is exactly what the Protégé Lead Game teaches young children. The game is being introduced as a tool to start the learning process from an early age. It comes in a kit complete with over forty paper cards, a board, and dice. Two to Four players are needed to play the game, as they play, the children will meet concepts like ‘vision’, ‘education’, ‘mentoring’, ‘passion’, and ‘determination’. There are also action points that make the player know what each term means.
The game kit has two comic books which use colorful characters and memorable storytelling to tackle the problem of corruption and who a leader is. The comics are good because we learn eighty percent from what we see and hear.
Apart from the comic books, the game kit also contains an exercise book, pencil, pen and eraser, to support the SGD 4 quality education project; the growth and development of a country or nation is directly proportional to the quality of education by majority of its populace.
Toby Akinnike Michael Oluwatobiloba is a leadership enthusiast and the team leader of Young Protégé Leadership Foundation, the maker of the game. Toby says “even though Africans inherited a rich culture from our ancestors, we have added negative things like greed, corruption and oppression, to our rich culture. To clean our culture, we must take be ready to take strange steps. This is a timely solution. We have to erase the bad culture of corruption, unethical practices, and bad leadership, using creative and innovative educational tools like this game”.
The Protégé Kit is available for sale for USD 10, excluding shipping. Special offers for NGOs and other groups. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org