August 2015 - JumpStart Academy Africa
On Saturday August 8th 2015, JumpStart Academy Africa graduated it’s first class of scholars in Cameroon. The event took place in Bamenda, Cameroon and was presided by the Divisional Delegate of Secondary Education Mr Munda Mathias. Mr Munda announced that the government has recognized the impact of JumpStart Academy Africa and commended the model to be replicated at more schools across the country.
Also speaking at the event, was one of the scholars Massa Civian Kiki who dazzled the crowd with her story and her experience as a JumpStart Academy Africa Scholar.
Co-Founder and President of JumpStart Academy Africa Madelle Kangha in an address, highlighted the achievements of the Academy thus far. Such highlights include:
– Pre-JumpStart, our scholars had an average income of $18 a month and after completing the program, our scholars now have an average income of $74 – a startling 311% increase.
– Our scholars have created 8 Viable businesses and social enterprises which have generated a combined revenue of over half a million frs CFA in under six months of operation.
– Within first Academic term 75% of our scholars saw an average 70% improvement in their academic performance.
The full Impact Report is available here
Ms Kangha in her address also announced the appointment of Ms Estella Bih-Neh as the Country Director for JumpStart Academy Africa in Cameroon. Introducing our Country Director
Ms Kangha ended by calling on the scholars to be legends of positive change & Ambassadors of JumpStart Academy Africa.
Read the full speech here
The highlight of the event was the moment when the scholars were presented with their Certificates from the Delegate of Secondary Education.
List of Graduating Scholars
The full list of Awards is available here
At the 2014 World’s Greatest Problem Solvers Conference in Boulder, Colorado, Omotola Akinsola and Madelle Mbong Kangha talked about JumpStart Academy Africa, and organisation they started to equip, educate, enable, and empower high school students in Nigeria and Cameroon to become the catalysts for social change not just in their local communities but also in Africa and across the globe.
The academy curriculum teaches youth leaders to view themselves as change agents by equipping each young person with the hard skills needed to make an impact. With a curriculum emphasizing leadership and entrepreneurship, Mentor Fellows, university students and graduates, teach and show high school students what it takes to be a leader.
Here is a video that summarises their passion. you can check the official post here.
As we commemorate the International Youth Day on this day August 12th, 2015, we must recognize the need to: “Ensure all young people achieve recognized and measurable learning outcomes with quality formal, non-formal and vocational education and training that equips them with the relevant knowledge and skills to lead safe, healthy and productive lives, to meet the demands of the job market and to foster global citizenship.”
As we celebrate this day, we salute the young women and men who work with unwavering commitment and dedication at JumpStart Academy Africa and all young people around the world.
Estella possesses a wealth of experience spanning over 3 years from leading organizations such as the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV (K-RITH) in Durban, South Africa and the Biotechnology Centre of the University of Yaoundé 1 in Cameroon.
Estella’s leadership journey begun when she enrolled at the African Leadership Academy (ALA) after emerging as one of the top performers at the Cameroon National GCE O-level Examinations.
At ALA, Estella was a recipient of the” Malaika” Award for Self-Leadership and the Founder’s recognition for most proactive student at the Academy. She also served as a tutor for students in local communities, providing them with support in Math and Science.
Currently, in her 5th year of Medical School at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Buea, Estella is a Recipient of the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence. The First ever female President of the Buea University School of Medicine Students’ Association, Estella was recently selected to represent the University of Buea at the Federation of African Medical Students’ conference on the “Evaluation of Millennium Development Goals” in Arusha, Tanzania.
She is Fluent in English with a working knowledge of French and IsiZulu.
We are pleased to introduce some of our guest speakers for the JumpStart Academy Africa Inaugural Class Graduation in Bamenda, Cameroon.
Budi Norbert Mbua
CEO at Diamond Visions Intelligence and Motivational Speaker.
Budi Norbert Mbua is founder and CEO of Diamond Visions Intelligence, a business consulting firm found in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, with headquarters in Douala.
He is also founder of the Budi Motivates Academy, a development centre that trains on leadership, life and career orientation, and motivation.
Yembe Carl Leslie Nfor
Chief Executive of Y’ems Group Incorporated
Nfor Yembe Carl Leslie is an entrepreneur and Chief Executive of Y’ems Group Incorporated. His dedication has fueled his educational and professional pursuits and have led him to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Management and he is currently pursuing an MBA in Executive Reform and Strategic Enterprise development.
He is passionate about changing the world through Information Technology, active citizenship, community development and leadership development.