In 2008, African Leadership Academy, opened its doors as a new kind of school, pursuing the vision of creating a new generation of African leaders that would bring peace and prosperity to the continent. In 2010, in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation, ALA created the Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership, a place to not only develop leaders at ALA, but also to gather thought-leaders, practitioners, & experts to push Entrepreneurial Leadership forward across Africa & the world. Tasked with designing a cutting-edge curriculum for the 21st Century, the Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership engaged in a three-year, student-centered curriculum design process that involved hundreds of hours of piloting, iterating and refining. The process also included a MasterCard Foundation-funded audit from the world’s leading institutions, including Ashoka, Center for Creative Leadership, Educate!, Junior Achievement and PanAfrican University, all of whom strongly endorsed CEL’s curriculum, delivery methods, and outcomes.
Nearly six years later, we have pinpointed the mindsets, skills, and behaviors on which the leaders of the future should focus. We have iterated and tested a unique model of Entrepreneurial Leadership education and we have proven the flexibility and strength of the curriculum through programs like the Global Scholars Program, BUILD-in-a-Box, and Catalyst Term. We have also partnered with schools in places as diverse as Kenya, Mauritius, and Slovakia to support the transplantation of Entrepreneurial Leadership beyond the walls of African Leadership Academy. Now, we are part of a larger Global Programs division within African Leadership Academy, leveraging our experience to exponentially grow the reach and impact of our mission while simultaneously empowering educational and development organizations to expedite their own success.
WHAT WE DO
We consult teams who are launching or transforming schools, camps, and developmental programs.
We’ve spent nearly ten years and countless hours developing our model, so you don’t have to start from scratch. Partners learn from our expertise through long-term consulting, customized to their needs.
Examples of elements include training of your admissions staff by our team, sending one of your faculty to teach at ALA for a year, a list of certified EL Educators for hiring, and one-on-one coaching with our Master EL Educators.
Our multi-day in-residence workshops equip educators to replicate core components of ALA’s Entrepreneurial Leadership education model.
They include experiential sessions, class observations, one-on-one coaching, immersion in ALA campus life, and collaboration with other educators. You will walk away ready to adapt a component from our curriculum to your own classroom or school.
Whether you are interested in integrating Entrepreneurial Leadership into an existing program at your school, launching a new unit as part of an existing course, or even creating a new course at your school, these workshops will give you the tools to do so.
We share our curriculum, content, and tools.
If you hire our team or attend a training, we equip you with the necessary tools to run our two year Entrepreneurial Leadership curriculum or specific units.
Including lesson plans, facilitator’s guides, texts, case studies, and assessment software to track character growth. Our partners also engage in our online community and share their own resources.
We connect a global Entrepreneurial Leadership education community.
All partners gain membership into our unique online community, where innovative educators from around the world gain support to strengthen their work.
It is a place to share success stories, seek advice, read thought-provoking articles about trends in education, and access opportunities for funding, professional development, and jobs – all curated by our team of experts.
Address the Underlying Causes of Problems | Treat root causes, not symptoms, to create lasting positive change.
The Power of One | Individuals catalyze the actions of large groups and transform societies.
The Power of Youth | Young people can dream big, take action, and change the world.
The Need for Pan-African Cooperation | Collaboration will stimulate growth and development across the continent.
Entrepreneurship is Fundamental to Growth | Look beyond existing constraints and pursue opportunities to create value.
Human-Centered | There is power of inclusive processes, user-generated solutions, and your ability to crack this problem
Iterative | This is not a one-and-done proposition: we’ll help you work through version after version until it’s right
Challenging the status quo | Things can and must change; disruptive innovation cannot take place playing by silly rules
Growth-minded, Strengths-based | Humans grow, learn & get better so we leverage what you’re already good at and support where there are gaps
Upskilling, Capacity-adding | Just as we would never short circuit our own students’ learning by rescuing them from a tough problem or difficult process, we commit to upskill your team and leave them fully capable of success
Integrity| We are people of our word, with the courage to do what is right.
Curiosity | We challenge the status quo and take the initiative to pursue new ideas.
Humility| We are thankful for our opportunities and are aware of our limitations.
Compassion| We empathize with and care for those around us.
Diversity| We respect all people and believe that difference should be celebrated.
Excellence | We set standards our standards high and celebrate others achievements.
Schools across the world are broken. We’ve all heard the calls for reform; experts such as Ken Robinson, Tony Wagner, Paul Tough and ALA’s own board member, Ted Dintersmith, have argued that schools need to transform from an archaic model built to train factory workers. According to them, the school of the 21st century should develop youth who are creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial, with the character and leadership skills to adapt to a rapidly changing world. We call this creating agents of positive change.
We are singularly committed to the vision of enabling a new generation of transformative leaders to actively bring about peace and prosperity for Africa in our lifetime.