Global Citizenship & Leadership Programme 

GCLP – since 1999

…an internationally certified course that prepares young leaders to think globally and to act locally



Youths possess energy, enthusiasm, morality and drive to want to contribute to the development of society. Many young adults in Africa want to make a difference, but they often feel powerless and lack of opportunity to contribute. They complain that formal education rarely prepares them to see the global picture; where they fit in, and how they can become instruments of social-political and socio-economic changes in their world.


A response to this need by FLED Institute is the creation of Global Citizenship and Leadership Programme – GCLP. It is an integrated non-academic, educational leadership programme that prepares youths for the challenges of leadership in an increasingly globalized world. GCLP helps participants to build a set of core assets and competencies to enable them function effectively as global citizens. 

over a period of one year, students in GCLP are engaged in lectures, research, educational visits and problem solving activities and volunteer work. The first set of eleven young students were admitted into the programme in November 1999 in Lagos, Nigeria. 

GCLP is predicated on three principles

Critical/systems thinking

Moral Reasoning

Individual/collective responsibility for global change

The Mission of GCLP is to answer four questions

How youths develop a holistic thinking capacity necessary to understanding the intricacies of world affairs?

How can we use leadership education to create a new set of leaders concerned about moral and ethical issues?

How can Africa’s youths become instruments of social change especially in preventing conflicts and political corruption?

How can youths be motivated to take local actions that promote global citizenship beginning from their immediate environments?

GCLP Operations

Admission into the programme starts on August 1 and end on October 1. The Programme starts on November e each year. It runs till October 1 the following year.

Admission is open to undergraduate students in tertiary institution in Africa, but not first year students.

During the period students take online classes, carry out individual research on chosen topical issues, Work together in teams to solve identified problems, embark on educational visits in their local areas, and carry out specific community service project.