By Ouasima Boujrad
By Ouasima Boujrad
Ifran – Leadership Development Institute at Al Akhawayn Univerity Ifran is organizing one of its biggest annual events; the Leader of the Year Award (LOTY) on April 7, 2016.
The Leader of the Year Award (LDY) is an initiative by the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) to recognize and reward the work of the non-governmental organizations and associations and to celebrate volunteer workers’ efforts for the part they take in the development of our community as active bodies in the civil society. It is also an opportunity to show the importance of the social work in creating change in the community.
The Leadership Development Institute (LDI), is an extracurricular program that offers its students a number of leadership-oriented seminars, skill building workshops, class discussions and practical cases from daily life. It also encourages students to involve in community service to have a practical vision of the program. The LDI works towards shifting consciousness from traditional to a modern, servant, global paradigm of leadership.
The LDI aims to graduate students with the leadership skills and values needed to lead highly effective economic and social development programs. Furthermore, it seeks to be exemplary in all that it does, to develop and maintain high credibility and legitimacy, and maintain high standards of performance in its programs and for its students, staff and faculty. LDI works primarily in Morocco and the MENA region to change the way leadership is viewed and done.
Since 2011, LDI has organized the Leader of the Year Award (LOTY). LOTY has been a successfully promoting and advocating for community leadership as well as encouraging greater involvement in volunteerism sector. The LOTY is a ceremony that gathers different associations from four areas: Ifrane, Azrou, El Hajeb and Meknes.
The participating associations all perform different roles within civil society; including working towards reducing poverty, encouraging education, fighting illiteracy, providing moral or financial support to people with special needs or disabilities, and assisting the homeless people and the elderly. The common thread amongst these associations is the mutual commitment towards social development and the willingness to fulfill what is missing in their community.
Based on certain leadership criteria, like motivation, high integrity, good communication, team oriented and adaptability to change, LDI awards the best leader of the year. Candidates do not necessarily have to have a high rank within the association; any position is eligible.
Last years winner (LOTY 2015) was Association Wlidatna Pour Handicapé, an association located in Azro. Its mission is to bring change to the region by providing medical and educational help for children with nervous system diseases. The association also works to raise money to help families pay the costs of medicine.
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