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EAA-GU-Q programme empowering capacities of young innovators from Africa

  • Sep 24, 2020
  • Author: QT-Online
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As a student at Queens College - Lagos, Nigeria’s oldest public women’s boarding school, Fatima Yunusa was moved by a spirit of social responsibility. 
By her junior year, she had already led a team of peers to develop a platform providing market access and skills development for informal traders. In her final year, she was elected by her peers as Head Girl, a role that helped her understand the burden of public service. 
At the same time, across the African continent in Uganda, John Ewotu and Jemimah Atahigwa were busy discovering callings of their own. John’s up-cycled accessories enterprise was not only nationally recognized but earned him the right to represent all Sub-Saharan African alumni at the Junior Achievement centennial celebration. Jemimah, who had developed an application for reporting gang violence, was the winner of the Ugandan Technovation Challenge. 
In September of 2018, all three of these young innovators arrived at African Leadership Academy (ALA), among 5% of students selected from that year’s applicant pool. ALA’s Two Year Pre-University Diploma Program is geared to young leaders, aged 16-19, from across Africa who have the potential to catalyze positive change on the continent. During their time at ALA, students complete a unique curriculum that includes courses in entrepreneurial leadership, African studies, writing & rhetoric, and Cambridge A-Levels. In its first 12 years, the residential high school has graduated over 1,000 students from more than 45 African countries who have landed up going to further their education in leading universities worldwide such as; Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cornell, Durham, London School of Economics, University of Toronto and University of British Columbia.
While at ALA, Fatima, John and Jemimah each discovered their interests in international relations and foreign policy. Working with their counsellors, they were each nominated as members of a new programme launched in partnership with Education Above All (EAA) and Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q). In this new programme, the three institutions will work to further a shared mission of human development through the education of the next generation of young African leaders.
The new programme provides scholarships to qualified ALA students and recent graduates through the EAA/GU-Q Scholars Programme. The programme also provides the successful candidates a programme of pre-admission educational engagement and scholarship assistance, and opportunities for civic engagement as part of EAA’s inspirational Civic Engagement Programme. Through the programme, ALA students will design and implement initiatives in Qatar, broadening their interaction with the community and enriching their cultural and social experiences during their time in Qatar.
Eligible students will be nominated by the ALA, undergo the standard admissions review by the GU-Q Office of Admissions, and be confirmed by GU-Q and EAA. Consideration for the programme is open to current ALA students and alumni who have graduated from ALA within 2 years of their application to GU-Q.
The Education Above All (EAA) Foundation is a global education foundation established in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. EAA envisions bringing hope and real opportunity to the lives of impoverished and marginalised children, youth and women, especially in the developing world and in difficult circumstances such as conflict situations and natural disasters.