Applications to ALA's selective, two-year pre-university program will reopen in July 2021 for the class of 2022.

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African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to enroll the most outstanding young leaders, aged 15 - 18, from across Africa and around the world. Only the most passionate and brilliant young leaders can transform the future of our continent. Are you one of them?

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Read about ALA alumni making an impact on the continent and around the world.

African Leadership Academy names Bilha Ndirangu next CEO

Bilha comes to ALA after building Africa’s Talking into a pan-African technology leader. African Leadership Academy is proud to announce that Bilha Ndirangu will serve as its third CEO. Bilha will join the ALA community on July 1 and will assume leadership of one of Africa’s preeminent institutions.Bilha brings pan-African experience as a forward-thinking, entrepreneurial executive…

ALforEducation: A Community to Shape the Future of African Education

Over the past ten years, ALA has evolved from an audacious idea to a thriving institution with a passionate, diverse, and committed community. We are a magnet for exceptional young leaders and educators, and we seek to leverage our privileged position by fostering “sector communities” that accelerate transformational change on the continent. In our 2023…

Joel Baraka ’15 Gamifies the Ugandan Curriculum with My HOME Stars

Joel Baraka ’15 is reshaping learning in refugee camps through My HOME Stars – a Ugandan non-profit that increases curriculum accessibility for disadvantaged communities. His goal is to develop more accessible, fun, and engaging academic resources for both teachers and students, transforming schools and community centers into spaces learners look forward to spending most of…

ALforEducation’s Growth Lab Set to Bolster Young Edupreneurs’ Potential

Our ALforEducation network continues to develop the next generation of leaders in education in Africa through the Edupreneur Growth Lab 2021. The program is offered in partnership with Future Fund for Education (FFE), an initiative that invests financial and intellectual capital into some of Africa’s most impactful education entrepreneurs. The Edupreneur Growth Lab is a…

Vanessa Ishimwe Seeks to Expand and Improve her Kindergartens for Refugee Children through ALforEducation’s Growth Lab

Each day, Vanessa Ishimwe oversees a network of kindergartens and early childhood development centers that serve over 1000 children in the Kyaka II refugee settlement in Kyegegwa district, Uganda. She now seeks to take her work to a new level through participation in ALforEducation’s Growth Lab beginning in September 2021. Vanessa is a co-founder of…

ALforEducation Launches Apprentice Program to Shape Future Education Leaders

On May 24th, ALforEducation launched a new, selective Apprenticeship program that aims to prepare the future leaders of Africa’s education sector to lead transformational change. The first iteration of the program has been offered to ALA alumni, MasterCard Foundation Scholars, and ALU students and alumni. From a group of 87 applicants, 15 exemplary young education…

Young Entrepreneur and Apprentice Clare A. Muga Shapes Uganda’s Future Leaders

Though she is already shaping the future of Africa as an entrepreneur, Clare A. Muga will spend this summer as an Apprentice, discovering principles that will help her grow the impact of her Evimero Leadership Academy in Uganda.  Clare is one of 15 pioneer Apprentices selected from 87 candidates for the first cohort of ALforEducation’s…

The Anzisha Education Accelerator: Supporting Leaders Building New Models of Education Excellence

A growing cohort of education leaders across Africa works each day to drive education innovation in service of their communities. The Anzisha Education Accelerator (AEA) invests in and supports these leaders, recognizing their potential to build new models of excellence in and for communities across Africa.  Since its launch, the Accelerator program has supported nine…

Burundi’s Kigutu International Academy: A Model School with Deep Ties to ALA

In October 2020, a new school opened in Burundi unlike any that had come before: Kigutu International Academy (KIA), a STEM-focused secondary school that seeks to “develop a new generation of problem solvers, change-makers and entrepreneurial leaders for Burundi and beyond.”  KIA is a locally-rooted school with unique features aligned to the circumstances of the…

In Memoriam: Margaret Ishiyama Raffin

ALA celebrates the life and leadership of Ms. Margaret Raffin, a steadfast supporter who passed away peacefully on 3 April 2021. Margaret was a friend and counsel to ALA’s founders from the earliest days of the ALA journey. In Margaret, we saw a model our values of integrity, humility, curiosity, compassion, diversity, and excellence. She…

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The Academy is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities. The Academy’s policy in respect to admissions is consistent with African Leadership Academy’s policy on non-discrimination. As such, in accordance with our value of diversity and in compliance with South African law, ALA does not discriminate on the basis of gender (identity or expression), race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity (or tribal affiliation), wealth or income.