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Celebrating ALA’s Class of 2022

On Thursday, ALA’s 15th class, the class of 2022, graduated from the Academy. Ninety-eight students walked across the stage, joining an alumni community of...

Developing leaders for the education sector locally and globally

Around the globe, former staff and faculty members from ALA leave a lasting impact on education and youth development. They establish innovative youth programs,...

ALA 2026: Our Next Strategic Direction

In 2018, as ALA was on the cusp of its Decennial celebrations, we launched ALA 2023, our five-year strategic plan. We identified three priorities...

African Leadership Academy Celebrates A-Level Excellence

We're thrilled to announce that African Leadership Academy students and alumni have been recognized by Cambridge Assessment International Examinations for their outstanding performance in...

TEDxAfricanLeadershipAcademy: Where Ideas Collide

TEDxAfricanLeadershipAcademy's "Where Ideas Collide" event on March 16th brought together students, staff, and visitors for a day of inspiring talks that showcased the power...

A Learning, Innovating, Leading School: Where to next?

Over the course of these five reflective pieces we have aspired to recount the journey our school has taken over the past five years....

A Conversation with Lisa Simelane: Leading Learning

This is the fourth article in a series of five that reflects on the journey ALA’s Two Year Diploma Program over the last strategic...

ALA’s Solar Project: Powering a Sustainable Future

In a bid to tackle the enduring issue of load shedding, ALA has embarked on an innovative journey towards renewable energy solutions. Over the...

What is the role of a teacher?

This is the third article in a series of five that reflects on the journey ALA’s Two Year Diploma Program over the last strategic...

Annual Reports


Fostering Tomorrow's Leaders: ALA's Student Leaders in Action

Leadership at ALA goes beyond academics. ALA students learn that leadership is a continuous process of learning, adapting, and inspiring positive change. Meet Bohlokoa, Michael, and Abderraouf - three ALA students who provide leadership in the dormitories as resident advisors, support their fellow students through the challenges of the ALA academic program, and serve the broader student body through their roles in student government.

Discover Seminal Readings at ALA

Three times a year, the Academy community participates in a school-wide reading, writing, and discussion exercise known as Seminal Readings. Over the course of one week, all regular classes pause, and groups focus entirely on reading and discussing seminal texts. This exercise provides an opportunity for the Academy to engage with issues of enduring complexity and importance

Asking ALA Alumni: "Why did you come back?"

In ALA 2023, we explicitly talk about bringing our alumni “DNA” back to the core of ALA. In 2018, we had 4 alumni on staff and aspired to have 10 alumni working at ALA by 2023. During the 2022-2023 academic year, we had 13 alumni on staff (~8% of our staffulty!). Whether it is Natalia Sikombe ’12, Nandi Mgwaba ’12, or Deepshikha Parmessur ‘13 teaching Entrepreneurial Leadership, or Thandie Ramme ’14 keeping alumni connected to the magic of ALA through the ALA Quad social media pages, alumni are increasingly returning and making ALA an important step in their professional careers.

ALA Celebrates the Class of 2021

On June 15th, 2023, ALA celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2021. We bid farewell to these extraordinary young leaders who have left an indelible mark on ALA, guided by the African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Each graduate’s success at ALA symbolized personal growth and an unwavering commitment to collaborative action, community engagement, and the pursuit of positive change in Africa and beyond.