Set in a leafy suburb amid the sprawl of Johannesburg, South Africa, the African Leadership Academy hosts roughly 200 students from across the continent, in a setting reminiscent of the tony boarding schools of America’s East Coast. The interior culture, however, is quite different. Ninety percent of the kids are on financial aid. Many of them come from difficult neighborhoods — yet as the school’s name suggests, all of them are being trained to sit at the top of Africa’s future hierarchies, private and public.
“Some will be central bank governors, some will be running their own nonprofits, some will be university professors,” says Fred Swaniker, a spry Ghanaian who cofounded the school in 2008. “It’s crucial that we nurture and develop young people so they can become leaders ten, fifteen, twenty years from now.”
But how? ALA teaches everything you might learn in an American high school — Rwandan…
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