Leadership is an important feature of Rotary and, as such, it runs a number of leadership programmes (https://www.rotary.org/en/rotaract-interact-and-ryla) for younger people. One such scheme, RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) runs workshops over several days to provide a range of indoor and outdoor activities designed to develop leadership.
Disaster Aid UK & Ireland provided a 3 hr session on 12 August in a RYLA event sponsored by Rotary Clubs in District 1280 (East Lancs / N. Manchester) at Pettypool Outdoor Activity Centre.
The participants, 14-16 yr students selected from local schools and youth clubs, worked together to put up one of our tents and investigate the technical and practical features of the tent followed by a demonstration our water filtration system. They also engaged in interactive sessions on what happens in a disaster: the importance of clean water, identifying who would be the most vulnerable, what essential equipment would be needed as well as a broader discussion on the impacts of climate change.
The students were fully engaged and several promised to support our work with a few even thinking of training to work with us in the field.