Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: African Leadership Academy Targets Youths

THE African Leadership Academy (ALA) which seeks to enable lasting peace and prosperity in Africa by developing and connecting the continent's future leaders is recruiting secondary school students in Tanzania for leadership training.

The Academy's Official (Admission), Mr Elmahdi Oummih, said in Dar es Salaam this week that the goal is to get 250 students from Tanzania applying for the leadership academy training. The official was in the country recently. ALA head office is in Johannesburg, South Africa.

ALA first round application consists of four components. The procedure requires applicants to feel a form, attach copies of the last two school reports and national examination results. Some students in several schools in Dar es Salaam have done so.

The application forms are available online. Duly filled forms must be submitted by February 15, this year. Mr Oummih told the 'Daily News on Saturday' that the goal is to collect ten applications per school from the top 25 schools in Tanzania.

"I have been to several schools in my visit and we have made little progress since the forms have not yet been submitted. Explaining the mode of application, he said that 25 students will be selected as finalists - brought to a central location and interviewed by Tanzanian Leaders and given written examinations and do leadership activities - finally two to five will be offered admission to the Academy.

Each finalist gets recognized with a certificate sent to their school. This lets people know that their school is a top tier school- Leading school Award. The certificate is meant for the school. ALA is Open to youth aged between 15 to 19 years, he said, adding; "Ideally we want them to have Universal values of integrity, compassion, diversity, excellence, passion for Africa."

Once they are selected, starting in September 2013, they start Advanced level classes and must start own business - or join existing businesses and do culminating social service project, he explained, adding that ALA helps them get internships during summer in their areas of interest.

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