US Educators Launch Leadership Programme to Bridge Global Divide


Two New York high school educators, Dr. Dionne Olamiju, a high school administrator in a secondary school and Mr. Segun Olamiju, an instructor have launched a summer leadership programme, Hudson Valley Adventures (HVA).

The programme was created to provide opportunities for participants to enhance their social and cultural acuity in the global realm. The founders observed that as the global village continues to shrink due to social media connectivity and the World Wide Web, there is an urgent need to access global opportunities, especially for students from Africa. They believe that as a result of several factors, including political, economic and cultural, African scholars are not consistently offered the opportunity to cultivate the leadership skills pertinent for global competiveness.

The HVA summer programme consists of two consecutive sessions during the months of July and August. The first session commences on July 14, 2016 to July 29, 2016 and the second session starts on August 4, 2016 and ends on August 19, 2016.

Participants will be selected from Africa, must be currently enrolled in school and must be between the ages of 12 and 17. Hudson Valley Adventures’ curriculum is driven by the philosophy of the experiential learning theory, which emphasises the significance of sensory experience in the learning process as opposed to teacher-centred instruction or learning by rote.

“Accordingly, our programme consists of strategically selected exciting visitations to colleges, museums, amusement parks and stimulating leadership skills building activities including the lifesaving Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and first aid trainings.

Moreover, HVA will continue to support participants even after the completion of the programme. The HVA team that is comprised of professionals, whose disciplines range from education to the field of medicine, will provide ongoing support in the form of mentoring, career path advisement, college recommendation letters and ongoing communication through their blogs.
The founders encourage interested parents to visit the website at for additional information.