African Leadership Academy

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Graduation Ceremony at the African Leadership Academy. Picture: ALA Website

The African Leadership Academy (ALA) is a residential, secondary institution located in the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa. It seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of 6,000 leaders who will work together to address Africa's greatest challenges, achieve extraordinary social impact and accelerate the continent's growth. ALA identifies young leaders between the ages of 16-19 from across the continent with demonstrated leadership potential, a passion for Africa, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a track record of community service. These young leaders are then brought together for a two-year pre-university program a the world-class boarding institution. Founded in 2004 by Fred Swaniker, Chris Bradford, Peter Mombaur, and Acha Leke, ALA officially opened in September 2008 with an inaugural class of 97 students. ALA seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing, and connecting the next generation of African leaders. To achieve this goal, ALA teaches a two-year curriculum in African Studies and Entrepreneurial Leadership, as well as the usual academic core subjects. From OFA, Wikipedia