Amani is a 17-year-old full-time student at African Leadership Academy (ALA), a two-year pre-university program in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a mission to identify, develop, and connect Africa’s future leaders.
Amani was selected as one of 95 ALA students out of a pool of over 3,000 applicants from across the continent for his passion for public service, his commitment to Africa, and his demonstrated leadership potential to lead change in Africa and beyond.
Amani is applying for a loan of $500, which will enable him to purchase a laptop to conduct assignments and research, to run his community service project and/or student run business which forms part of the ALA curriculum, and to participate fully in the world-class program offered by ALA.
Amani is an orphan and grew up with his uncle in Kagera, Tanzania.
Through his school’s environmental club, Amani headed a team that led recycling, garbage collection, and landfill initiatives. In a strong indication of his perseverance and resilience as a leader, Amani rose from a leader in Form 1 to the club’s chairperson. As one teacher describes him, “Africa needs creative leaders - Amani has demonstrated creativity throughout his stay by designing programs and mobilizing fellow students in the environmental club.”
An additional forum through which Amani was able to display strong leadership capabilities was in the capacity of Chairman of the Tanzanian Student’s Christian Fellowship. In this role he started a mass district choir that competed in the regional level and won first place. He was also a youth leader for his church and the district chairman of Tanzanian Students’ Christian Fellowship.
Amani plans to become a doctor and wants to start health centers and institutions that will provide quality services and health education. He would like to impact Africa by making education more accessible for children from all over the continent.
About African Leadership Academy
African Leadership Academy (ALA) is a pan-African institution established to transform Africa by identifying, developing and connecting the continent’s next generation of leaders. ALA utilizes a vast network of contacts across Africa to identify the most promising 15- to 19-year-old leaders on the continent. These future leaders are then brought together for a two-year pre-university program at a world-class institution in Johannesburg, South Africa. Many of these students attend college in the U.S. with the promise to return to Africa after their studies. ALA’s student body comes from over 44 African countries and includes equal numbers of boys and girls.
In the digital age, the importance of technology in leadership and student life cannot be underestimated. To equip ALA students with the technological tools they need to be transformative leaders, Kiva provides laptop loans totalling about $500 per student ad the start of every academic year.
Loan documentation for this student has been signed by both the student and his or her parent or guardian. Further, this student's parent or guardian has been consulted throughout the process of this student's decision to take on a loan through Kiva.
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