Difference between revisions of "African Leadership Academy"

From Disrupting Africa
Jump to: navigation, search
(Created page with " thumb | right | 250px | Graduation Ceremony at the African Leadership Academy. Picture: ALA Website The African Leadership Academy (ALA) is a residential,...")
 
Line 1: Line 1:
 
[[File: ALA.jpg | thumb | right | 250px | Graduation Ceremony at the African Leadership Academy. Picture: ALA Website]]
 
[[File: ALA.jpg | thumb | right | 250px | 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. <font size="2">''From OFA, Wikipedia'' </font>
+
 
 +
The African Leadership Academy (ALA) is one of the continent’s leading pan-African high schools.<ref>[https://www.africanleadershipacademy.org/about/founders-story/ African Leadership Academy - Retrieved from Webiste. February 09,2019]</ref> It is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. [[Fred Swaniker]], Chris Bradford, Acha Leke and Peter Mombaur founded the ALA in 2004. The ALA curriculum focuses on African Studies, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.
 +
 
 +
As of 2019, the ALA has admitted over 700 students from 46 African countries.<ref>[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Leadership_Academy Wikipedia - Retrieved from Wikipedia. February 09,2019]</ref>
 +
 
 +
== History ==
 +
 
 +
Ghanaian, and co-founder, Fred Swaniker met Chris Bradford at Stanford Graduate School of Business. It was a result of this meeting that the conception of the ALA was formed in order to offer world-class academic tuition to the African continent.<ref>[https://www.brandsouthafrica.com/governance/developmentnews/african-leadership-academt-250808 Brand South Africa. August 25, 2008]</ref> In 2004, Peter Mombaur and Acha Leke provided initial funding for the academy, and by June 2005, the ALA’s innovative curriculum was piloted.
 +
 
 +
== ALA Curriculum ==
 +
 
 +
The ALA offers a two year pre-university program which uniquely combines Cambridge A Levels with additional core subjects specific to entrepreneurship and leadership.<ref>[http://www.africanleadershipacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/ALA-Prospectus_2018_English.pdf African Leadership Academy: Prospectus - Retrieved from Website. February 09,2019]</ref>
 +
 
 +
Entrepreneurial Leadership and African Studies are fundamental to the ALA curriculum. Students are given projects that develop their entrepreneurship skills. African studies include hunger eradication, health care provision, economic growth, and conflict resolution.<ref>[https://www.fastcompany.com/1702244/how-african-leadership-academy-fighting-continents-education-exodus Fast Company. December 20, 2010]</ref>
 +
 
 +
== Achievements & Investment ==
 +
 
 +
The African Leadership Academy received internationally recognition when co-founders Chris Bradford and Fred Swaniker were named Echoing Green Fellows in 2006. Bradford and Swaniker were included in the list of “15 Best Emerging Social Entrepreneurs in the World”.<ref>[http://www.africanleadershipacademy.org/ala-co-founders-chris-bradford-and-fred-swaniker-named-2006-echoing-green-fellows/ African Leadership Academy: Echoing Green Fellows - Retrieved from Website. February 09, 2019]</ref> In 2006, ALA won the 2012 Siebel Scholars Impact Award for their contribution to Social Entrepreneurship through education.
 +
 
 +
ALA alumni and graduates have contributed significantly to African Innovation on the continent. Both individuals and graduate classes have regularly received awards and fellowships from organizations and educational bodies. Noteworthy individuals have included: Jihad Hajjouji and Hafsa Anouar (Kathryn Davis Projects for Peace Awards), Joseph Munyambanza (Global Citizen Award from the United Nations), Tom Osborn (Echoing Green 2014 Climate Fellow and Forbes’ 2015 List of 30 Social Entrepreneurs under 30), Julius Shirima (Commonwealth Youth Award), and Ngor Majak Anyieth (2015 Dalai Lama Fellow).<ref>[http://www.africanleadershipacademy.org/two-ala-student-teams-win-10000-kathryn-davis-prize-for-peace/ African Leadership Academy: Prize for Peace - Retrieved from Website. February 09, 2019]</ref>
 +
 
 +
== References ==
 +
{{Reflist|3}}

Revision as of 15:54, 9 February 2019

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

The African Leadership Academy (ALA) is one of the continent’s leading pan-African high schools.[1] It is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Fred Swaniker, Chris Bradford, Acha Leke and Peter Mombaur founded the ALA in 2004. The ALA curriculum focuses on African Studies, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.

As of 2019, the ALA has admitted over 700 students from 46 African countries.[2]

History

Ghanaian, and co-founder, Fred Swaniker met Chris Bradford at Stanford Graduate School of Business. It was a result of this meeting that the conception of the ALA was formed in order to offer world-class academic tuition to the African continent.[3] In 2004, Peter Mombaur and Acha Leke provided initial funding for the academy, and by June 2005, the ALA’s innovative curriculum was piloted.

ALA Curriculum

The ALA offers a two year pre-university program which uniquely combines Cambridge A Levels with additional core subjects specific to entrepreneurship and leadership.[4]

Entrepreneurial Leadership and African Studies are fundamental to the ALA curriculum. Students are given projects that develop their entrepreneurship skills. African studies include hunger eradication, health care provision, economic growth, and conflict resolution.[5]

Achievements & Investment

The African Leadership Academy received internationally recognition when co-founders Chris Bradford and Fred Swaniker were named Echoing Green Fellows in 2006. Bradford and Swaniker were included in the list of “15 Best Emerging Social Entrepreneurs in the World”.[6] In 2006, ALA won the 2012 Siebel Scholars Impact Award for their contribution to Social Entrepreneurship through education.

ALA alumni and graduates have contributed significantly to African Innovation on the continent. Both individuals and graduate classes have regularly received awards and fellowships from organizations and educational bodies. Noteworthy individuals have included: Jihad Hajjouji and Hafsa Anouar (Kathryn Davis Projects for Peace Awards), Joseph Munyambanza (Global Citizen Award from the United Nations), Tom Osborn (Echoing Green 2014 Climate Fellow and Forbes’ 2015 List of 30 Social Entrepreneurs under 30), Julius Shirima (Commonwealth Youth Award), and Ngor Majak Anyieth (2015 Dalai Lama Fellow).[7]

References