education

ALA Alumnus Geraldine Mukumbi ‘11 Named Knight-Hennessy Scholar-Elect 

African Leadership Academy alumnus Geraldine Mukumbi has been named a 2022 Knight-Hennessy Scholar-Elect and will now pursue a PhD at Stanford University.   She was previously a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar and a…

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David Sengeh, the Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and Chief Innovation Officer for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation in Sierra Leone.

Distinguished Guest Speaker Dr David Sengeh: How Data Solves Sierra Leone’s Problems 

“Why are you talking about data? Our children are poor, they can’t eat data.” This is just one of the many instances of the pushback that Dr David Sengeh, Minister…

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ALA Hosts Education and Health Sector Gatherings in Kenya and Rwanda

In June and July, members of the ALA network convened in Kenya and Rwanda, connecting people and ideas around two of Africa’s greatest opportunities: imagining the future of education and…

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ALA Invests in Early Career Transitions at 2019 Professional Development Barazas

During the month of July, Africa Careers Network hosted two successful professional development conferences, called “Barazas”, in South Africa and Uganda, welcoming participants from 18 countries in the ALA alumni network and the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program network.

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ALA Receives Donor-funded Membership to NewsDecoder

‘Donors have already sponsored webinars and our twice-yearly reporting and writing contests, but this is the first time that a donor has underwritten a school’s membership.’ – Nelson Graves, NewsDecoder…

10 Lessons From 10 Years: Play the Game that Exists

Welcome to Lesson 5 of African Leadership Academy CEO Chris Bradford’s reflections on lessons learnt over the past 10 years of establishing Africa’s leading educational institution. ‘To play the game…

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RESEARCH: The Case for Investing in Very Young Entrepreneurs

We are thrilled and excited to publish ALA’s inaugural Learning Brief. This is the first in what will become a growing library of desk research led by our Institutional Learning team. “Though we are…

Decennial Symposium: Educating the World's Youngest Continent

In celebrating ALA’s 10 years, the Decennial Symposium sought to challenge our assembled network to imagine Africa’s future. Together, they tackled some of the most consequential challenges and opportunities confronting Africa…

Decennial Symposium: Reimagining Higher Education

Adam Habib (Vice Chancellor, WITS University) Khuraam Masood (COO, African Leadership University) Reimagining Higher Education Looking for more talks and panels: See all the videos and coverage  from our Decennial Symposium and…

A Decennial Worth Celebrating

We are defined by stories. Our lives can be encapsulated in a quick summary or a lengthy tome. They are defined by the stories we choose to tell, and the…

GAME ON: How Classroom Play Infuses a Love of Learning

“Education is not the filling of pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats Mopati Morake, Head of Writing and Rhetoric, is one of three ALA educators who…

A Successful Start to the Season With Applications From All Over Africa

“The future belongs to young people with an education and imagination to create.” – Barack Obama Each year we seek to identify high potential youth aged 15 to 18 from…

7 Reasons to apply early to African Leadership Academy

  Are you considering applying to African Leadership Academy (ALA)? Do you seek to develop your leadership skills and grow into an influential changemaker for the African continent? ALA is…

Majak Aniyeth is ALA’s first Echoing Green Fellow!

On 8 June 2017 ALA alumnus Majak Aniyeth was announced as an Echoing Green Fellow and one of the most promising social entrepreneurs in the world. He is one of just 36…

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Boarding school chronicles: Surviving the first year away from home

Johannesburg is best for boarding schools The economic hub of South Africa, Johannesburg, is also called Johannesburg or the City of Gold, Egoli. It’s a powerhouse in the wealthiest of…

Creating Great Infrastructure to Enable Great People

Creating a world-class institution that inspires the next Nelson Mandela, Wangari Maathai and the African Bill Gates – enabling our mission of developing the next generation of African leaders.  “Brutalism” was coined…