ANLP will become used and known.
by Eret Ayamba
I first found out about the ANLP when I saw the call for applications for the 2019 intake on a Newsletter I had subscribed to a few years ago. I immediately checked the website to find out more about the programme. I spent a lot more time on the site reading the blogs and browsing through the gallery. I also noticed that 12 people from my country had attended the ANLP and I wondered who they could be?
I remember the day I received the email from Ronel that I had been accepted into the ANLP. Of course I was really excited. The email also said that the committee had received over 200 applications this year. That number didn’t say much to me at the time. However, four days into the ANLP, as I was reflecting on my journey to self-discovery and growth so far, the number 200 came to mind. With all of the transformation that was happening in this place how come only 200 people applied to the programme. I felt like the programme was not getting the attention and visibility it deserved. I started thinking about what could be done to change that and what role the alumni could have in that? Today we have South Sudan represented at the ANLP for the very first time with two participants because one ANLP Alumni from Senegal and presently working in South Sudan shared the call for applications to his entire mailing list.
The title of this blog was taken word verbatim from an article written by the delegates of the first round of the ANLP that was held in March this year (. I don’t know what they were thinking when they wrote that but I think the wording is very deliberate. It says ANLP will become… I think that was a really powerful declaration. Whether or not we chose to be on board, one day, ANLP will become used and known. The question is: do we want to be a part of the people that made the change happen? Now we are half way through the programme and the question I am asking myself is as a future Alumni, how can I contribute to using the ANLP when I get out of here? As an individual and but also together with the 12 other alumni how will we utilise all we have learned from the ANLP to lead and contribute to the change we would like to see in our country?
During the 10 days it’s easy to be on a continuous high with regards to the learning and self-discovery taking place but then we go back home, there’s too much to do and the energy begins to fade. At the moment, we can’t imagine that we would lose this enthusiasm. I urge you right now, even before leaving in a few days to think about what will be your trigger. That thing that will keep you committed to ensuring that in one way or the other people know that there exists a leadership incubator such as the ANLP. One that equips people working in nutrition for transformational leadership.
Just as the previous group clearly stated in their call to action, while reflecting on what you are becoming and the next steps, think about how you can become actively involved in transforming the ANLP Alumni into a living, functioning network.