Chevening is looking for individuals who will be future leaders or influencers in their home countries. Explain how you meet this requirement, using clear examples of your own leadership and influencing skills to support your answer.
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MASTER SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
When I was in university, I didn't only spend my time studying but also joining social organization activities such as student board and scout. Those activities helped me to develop communication and leadership skills. Once, I was elected as scout leader for a year period. As an introvert person, this experience really challenged me, however it assisted me to build independence and changed myself in better ways.
After graduated, I was accepted as civil servant and placed in rural area which is thousand kilometers away from my home that is forced me to live by myself. In my first year, I was positioned as health promotion assistant. My main duty was to help senior worker to prepare community empowerment and made report about activities we did. This period developed my capability in dealing with people, building strong relationship with intersectoral, and opened my sight about human behavior related to health issues.
The highest problem in the region was smoker behavior. After I was appointed as health promotion officer, I got insight to initiate an empowerment program is focusing on smoker behavior which smoking inside home even though there was infant. The program called RUTARI ( homes without cigarette for today). The aim is to reduce smoking rate inside home, especially for the households which have infant.
I started to run this program by encouraging my supervisor to support this program and propose my co-workers to help and support. It wasn't an easy task to do, some of them didn't support my idea. I socialized my program to 13 villages, however only 1 village that welcoming it. It made me sad how stake holder didn't care enough about smoking behavior. But I didn't give up. Started from one village and was helped by my co-worker, I advocated the headman and the public figure to support prohibition about smoking inside home especially family with infant, then I continued educating mothers and elementary school's students about danger of cigarette and persuading them to coax their family member who is smoker to stop smoke inside home. Not stopping there, I also develop media to espouse this program which was radio spot that played in waiting room of my health center.
It took a couple of months before start showing the result. Nine months after I started the program, I did survey to know the improvement. The rate of smoker who smoke inside home decreased from 76% in 2015 became 70 % in 2016 and in the 2017 it decreased more became 64% The improvement is not really big but it surely move people to change better. Once I read, the leader isn't the one with position but people who dare to take risks and empower community to get better. I might not have high position but I am willing to learn more becoming good and great leader.