Thought Leadership

By | April 7th, 2016

What is an African curriculum? This is fundamental question that takes into consideration the place, perspective and orientation that needs to be addressed in any reconceptualisation of a curriculum. When thinking about the transformation of curricula, it is also  vita’l to answer the following questions: Does an African curriculum mean simply adding new items to an existing […]

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By | March 17th, 2016

African Leadership Academy Model African Union (ALAMAU) is an annual conference for young leaders around Africa and across the world, simulating the activities of the African Union. ALAMAU was established in 2013 as a platform for young leaders to develop practicable solutions to African developmental challenges through diplomacy and international cooperation, in a format inspired […]

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By | March 3rd, 2016

I remember sitting in the chair, basking in the warm Colorado sun, during one of essential lessons on leadership by Mark Hoffer, our mentor and teacher during the Bezos Scholars Program in Aspen, Colorado. My body was still suffering from the ill and inevitable effects of jet lag and an aggressive caffeine rush triggered by […]

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By | February 25th, 2016

Muturi Njeri is a proud Kenyan native, who was a member of ALA’s class of 2009. Muturi’s passion for Africa, entrepreneurship and writing enabled him to become the co-founder of The African Youth Journals – an online interactive forum to help African youth connect and share ideas on how current affairs are affecting and shaping […]

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By | February 11th, 2016

Phoebe Miller (a faculty member at ALA) shares an amazing experience that she had with an ALA alumnus James Kiawoin, in December 2015. James is currently working at Last Mile Health – living the ALA mission. She interviewed him for a Global Health blog that she writes. She shares her thoughts on the promising future of Liberia, its healthcare system and […]

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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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