My African Culture: Get to Know the African Leadership Academy
picture via ALA
This past Tuesday my boyfriend invited me to the a formal dinner celebrating and sharing information about the African Leadership Academy (ALA). During the dinner, I met some of the current students, alumni, and supporters.
The African Leadership Academy (ALA) is a residential, secondary institution located outside of Johannesburg, South Africa for 15–18 year-olds, from all 54 African nations and around the world. ALA seeks “to transform Africa by identifying, developing, and connecting the next generation of African leaders.” Their Leadership Development formula is relatively simple: harness potential, practice continued leadership development, and guide young African leaders toward opportunities in their lives and the long-term transformation of Africa.
ALA was founded in 2004 by Fred Swaniker, Chris Bradford, Peter Mombaur, and Acha Leke, and in September 2008 started with their an inaugural class of 97 students. ALA teaches a two-year curriculum in African studies, leadership and entrepreneurship, as well as the usual academic core subjects.
I encourage you to visit the website and learn more about this amazing program. If you feel compelled like I did, donate, visit, nominate a student to attend, and connect with ALA.
I am trying to direct my life toward finding a renewed sense of purpose and dedication and ALA has renewed my spirit.
Have a awe-inspiring day!