Before working in Africa, I had never heard of a “prefect” at a school. According to Merriam-Webster, one definition is “a student monitor at a private school.”
The word “prefect” has British roots and is used commonly in countries across Africa to denote an outstanding student who has demonstrated leadership potential. Prefect students are ready for more responsibility, including helping maintain the discipline of their peers.
It reminds me of Jesus’s words: “If you are faithful in the little things, you will be faithful in the larger ones” (Luke 16:10).
One of our stated goals at Hope Haven Rwanda is developing Christian world leaders. It has been my joy to watch some of these children develop into outstanding young leaders. Some have risen to the top!
During our recent prefect election, students were joined by Susan Hollern, our Founder and President, and Sean Tonner, a long-time political strategist. I am sure some of the candidates wish Sean had run their campaigns!
During these elections, we select the top candidate for each of our prefect roles. I had a chance to sit down and interview Banga, one of our former Head Prefects, and this is what he had to say.
“Leadership is not easy, because you’re in charge of all the other prefects: the Head Boy and Head Girl, the Chapel Prefect, the Sports Prefect, the Music Prefect and the Food Prefect. It is not easy, but you manage, telling them what to do, telling them what to change.”
What a tremendous leadership laboratory! Banga hoped to continue in leadership, but all Senior Three (9th grade) students are ineligible for prefect roles so they can study for their “O-Level” national examinations in July.
In this week’s video, you’ll be introduced to some of these sharp candidates: Kevine, Lauren, Timothy, Mediatrice, Sharon, Bella, Joshua, Barack, Marie and Alice (who, incidentally, was one of our “perfect scorers” during her last national examination).
I am sure you agree with communication skills like these, leadership is in the future for all of these candidates!
Are you willing to step in to lead when you see a need for leadership?