On Sunday 10th March 2019, the Mentorship & Networking Committee of the African Nutrition Leadership Programme hosted the Mentorship Workshop. As a committee, we decided to be INNOVATIVE and UNFORGETABLE, just as we had been taught during the leadership and communications training sessions.
For mentorship to take place there needs to be mentors and mentees. In our case, the ANLP delegates were the mentees and we found ourselves needing mentors. Those who will support us, questions us, hold us accountable and challenge us. That is when we got our “Aaah-Haaa moment”. We decided to involve the over 400 ANLP Alumni in our workshop. Yes, even if they are scattered across the continent and even the world, we wanted to draw on them. We posted our request on the ANLP Facebook Page. We asked the Alumni to record a 3-minute video on their mentorship experiences and send to us. We were not sure of anyone would respond! We were so humbled and super excited to get a response from a number of experienced nutrition leaders who were willing to be part of our ANLP experience. We take this opportunity to convey special thanks to Nonsi Mathe, Katie Perreira, Bianca van der Westhuizen, Arthur Pagiwa and Wise Letsa who submitted videos – we felt their presence in the room. Also thanks to Averalda who took the time to write us a message as she was travelling and to the many other Alumni who have posted messages of encouragement on the Facebook page and been reading the daily blog. Below are few pictures of the ANLP delegates paying great attention to what our mentors had to say about mentorship.