The international Leadership Summer School concept sought to plant a seed for personal and organisational development in the European Medical Students’ Association (EMSA) as well as in all international students’ organisations contributing to the project. This would be achieved by creating an environment in which: the best student trainers and the best leadership talent across all international students’ organisations would get together to share training resources, ideas and dreams and to learn together.
The concept was born in 2006, during the bus trip after a relaxing spa visit, close to Pécs in Hungary where the EMSA convened for their General Assembly and the end of my mandate as Education Director in the European Board.
|The Leadership summer schoolIn 2006-2007, I made my first attempt to organise this event, but failed on receiving funding. In 2007-2008, an improved Youth In Action grant application and the dedicated hard work of Tagi Khanyev, Salmaan Sana and Laura Kihlström, together with local organisers in Ankara, Turkey, assured that the first edition of the Leadership Summer School was organised. The trainers of this first summer school edition united in a foundation named Zero Generation, to assure continuity of the project and to strengthen the networks of alumni and trainers whom participated in this event.The impact of the first summer school
The summer school in any of it shapes is the product of a team effort among many organisations. The contents in the summer school are products of efforts of members of these organisations. All sources of information are shared across participants for re-use. Value is added to the content we have by efforts of others and re-shared. This spirit of sharing and co-creation appears to be one of the deeper values shared in the summer school and it’s alumni (both trainers and students).
One of my co-workers and dear friends that has been engaged from the first attempt to organise this event and whom shows to be a sustaining factor is Hervé Tunga. Do not hesitate to check out his training blog: www.hervetunga.com