Thought Leadership

By | February 4th, 2016

“I founded ALA because it was the right thing to do.” These are the simple words of ALA co-founder Peter Mombaur when asked to comment on what had motivated him and his three friends Acha Leke, Chris Bradford, and Fred Swaniker to start African Leadership Academy. They sought to build a world class institution that […]

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By | January 28th, 2016

“Serving others prepares you to lead others.” – Jim George Leading up to the festive season, myself along with Miranda Tichareva (Class of 2015) and Sizo Ncube (Class of 2015) boarded a bus destined for Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on the evening of December 12, 2015. For us, going home from ALA during this break meant more than just […]

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By | January 21st, 2016

“Education is the human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.” – Kofi Annan Do you ever look at the various issues in society and feel compelled to act? Would you like to play your role in transforming and developing your community, Africa […]

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By | January 14th, 2016

ALA alumni, Nelisile Mzolo shares her views as well as that of fellow alums regarding #ALAGivesBack. Nelisile is currently enrolled  at United States International University in Kenya. She, along with a few other alums, have recently spent time back on campus interning at various departments within the Academy – doing their part in developing the next generation […]

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By | January 7th, 2016

Sheila originally hails from the West African State of Nigeria where she attended the prestigious Loyola Jesuit College in Abuja. In 2010, an outspoken and ambitious Sheila joined the African Leadership Academy where she was a very active member of the community. While at ALA, Sheila furthered her passion for the arts; leading the school […]

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By | December 17th, 2015

Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself. – John Dewey ­If John Dewey, American education reformer and “grandfather” of modern experiential education, were alive today, he would embrace the growing emphasis of global learning and applaud the expanding networks of schools across borders […]

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By | December 10th, 2015

Wandile Mabanga grew up in Kwa Thema, a township located on the outskirts of Springs, Ekurhuleni in Gauteng. Wandile’s mother left school in Grade 11 and gave birth to him a few weeks before her 19th birthday. Wandile enrolled at Tlakula High School in 2003. An active member of the community, Wandile was also a member […]

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By | December 3rd, 2015

Entrepreneurs have a mind-set that sees the possibilities rather than the problems created by change. – J. GREGORY DEES Fanta Traore, ALA’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership Fellow spent time with young entrepreneurs who seek to see the possibilities and create opportunities for change in their respective communities. She answers questions and reflects on the time she […]

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By | November 26th, 2015

“Life skills education is aimed at facilitating the development of psychosocial skills that are required to deal with the demands and challenges of everyday life.” These words were spoken at the United Nations Inter-Agency Meeting held at World Health Organisation headquarters in Geneva on 6 – 7 April 1998. Imagine you are 17years of age, […]

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By | November 19th, 2015

The Anzisha Prize Gala recently saw Nigerian entrepreneur Chris Kwekowe (22), founder of Slatecube, win the $25,000 Grand Prize at the 5th edition of the Anzisha Prize. Slatecube offers a job-relevant skills learning platform and job placement services. Slatecube has had significant success to date with potential for scale and will serve as an inspiring beacon for other youth […]

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By | November 12th, 2015

In the two years during the course of their time on campus, we encourage our students to be fully immersed in the spirit of community and diversity – hence the Advisory Program. Our Advisory Program is a significant one, and allows for some of the most meaningful and long lasting bonds at ALA. What is […]

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By | November 5th, 2015

  “In a disparate world, children are a unifying force capable of bringing us all together in support of a common ethic.” Graça Machel Proclamations around the provision and enhancement of education around the world have long been part of the development narrative. Our children will always represent our future. Their education remains one of the […]

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By | October 29th, 2015

Seminal Readings is an Academy-wide reading and discussion exercise undertaken once in each of the three terms at ALA. It is a time the community (students and Staffulty) gathers to discuss issues of universal importance. This post is one person’s perspective of what the week-long exercise means to him and why it is such an […]

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By | October 22nd, 2015

Student governance is the means by which institutions in higher education are formally organized and managed. The role of the student government is to represent fellow students by voicing their thoughts to the school/institution’s administration. At ALA, our student government is made up of 22 members that act as the medium of communication between the […]

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By | October 15th, 2015

Ever heard the popular saying “health is wealth”? This gives large meaning to our life, as health is considered the most valuable and precious for every individual. Good health means not only the absence of disease in the body but a complete physical, mental, social as well as spiritual well-being of an individual. The benefits […]

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By | October 8th, 2015

I don’t think I have ever met an African woman who integrates science in international affairs to help strengthen the science sectors in Africa in order to inspire innovation and collaboration.  Before the STEAM camp in Rwanda, which I took part in during my summer break, I had not even met a woman focusing on […]

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