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Inishowen teens show top leadership skills 07.08.15

TEN Donegal teenagers have graduated from a programme that equips them with the skills "to be the next generation of leaders".
They were joined by 300 other teenagers from across Ireland, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, India, Denmark and the USA during a graduation ceremony to mark the end of the Foróige Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life International Youth Conference. Foróige is the leading youth organisation in Ireland.
The conference, which took place in NUI Maynooth, brought together teenagers from vastly different cultures and life experiences to share leadership skills.
During the week-long event, the teenagers worked together to break down barriers and learn the skills and attitudes to become strong leaders who have the ambition and courage to change the world around them.
Donegal teenagers, front from left, Emer Sweeney 17, Mary Doherty 17, Hannah McColgan 18, Nicola Cox 17, all from Carndonagh. Back row, Katie Hoad 18, Jason Harley 17 from Frosses, Chloe Donaghy 17, Brendan Diver 17, Jill Scott 17, Niamh Moyne 16, all from Carndonagh, at the recent Foróige Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life International Youth Conference.
Delegates heard from inspirational speakers including Ireland’s first chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Emily Logan. They also took part in interactive workshops on team building, critical thinking and communication skills and peer discussions on matters of global importance.
Foróige ceo Seán Campbell said: “This conference is special as it gives teenagers from vastly different cultures and backgrounds a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet around one common purpose – the development of our next generation of leaders.”
At the end of the conference, the 300 delegates received certificates for completing various stages of the programme.
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