We are pleased to announce that JumpStart Academy Africa Country Director Bih-Neh N. Estella, is the Winner of the Dr SEA Essay Contest 2016.
JumpStart Academy Africa in partnership with Future First Global is launching the Back to School Week campaign 2017 in Cameroon and Togo; calling on all alumni to go back and give back to their former schools.
‘Back to School Week’ is a global campaign running from May 8th to 26th to galvanize people around the world to think about how they can support their former schools.
The campaign combines exciting in-school engagements for alumni and students, online engagement, and ongoing opportunities for alumni to go back and give back to their schools across the year.
Last year we saw some fantastic involvement of alumni, students, schools and partners across the world, so are looking forward to seeing this go from strength to strength.
Since one of our pillars here at JumpStart Academy Africa is mentorship, we are leading the campaign with local content and events aimed at inviting people from all around Cameroon and Togo, to give back to their old school, and support the young people in their community.
The Back to School Week campaign which will run in Togo and Cameroon from May 8th will include events such as sports, cultural exposition and skills training.
It all kicks off today on social media – you can get online and start supporting a stronger education for all by changing your profile pictures to your old school photo, and sharing the campaign with your networks using the hashtags #GBGB and #alumnichallenge
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JumpStart Academy Africa was represented by our President, Madelle Kangha at the Okwele Series 2017; which was held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Okwele is an initiative which aims to contribute to Cameroon’s development, educate and connect Cameroon’s youth with theoretical, technical, and practical tools.
On February 9, we received some incredible news that a JumpStart Academy Africa (JAA) alumnus, Samiratu Ntoshi has been selected to attend the African Leadership University in Mauritius (ALU).
Samiratu is a young woman from Ntumbaw village in Donga Mantung Division in the North West Region of Cameroon. We first met Samiratu when she was selected to join the JAA club at her school, Government Bilingual High School Ndu.
As part of her JAA project, Samiratu ran an afterschool program where she taught students Mathematics. Samiratu also received the JAA Award for Academic Excellence .
Samiratu is the last of six children and her parents who have been instrumental in moulding her into a strong, confident woman are both farmers who cultivate on a small scale basis.
Thus, to assist her parents with the cost of her education to date, Samiratu has been using her JAA training to provide paid tutoring services to secondary school students in the local community. During the holidays, Samiratu travels to Buea, a city in Cameroon dubbed “Silicon Mountain”. Whilst in Buea, she spends the entire holiday period working and saving for the school year.
Samiratu’s Admission Journey
In 2015, Samiratu applied to the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in Johannesburg South Africa, which is a sister organization of ALU. She made it through the first and second rounds but unfortunately was not selected to join the Academy.
In 2016, Samiratu applied to join ALU and was placed on the waiting list but once again she unfortunately was not selected to join ALU.
Being a relentless young woman and in keeping with our values at JAA, in 2017, Samiratu once again decided to apply to ALU and on January 31, 2017, she received that letter which she had always longed hoped for. She had been selected to join ALU!
Third time is a charm indeed…
Getting Samiratu to ALU!
Once the news of her admission came in, Samiratu, her family and all of us at JAA were ecstatic.
We are nevertheless cognizant of one hurdle that we need to surmount to make Samiratu’s dream of studying at ALU a reality.
The cost of studying at the ALU campus in Mauritius is currently $10,000, which covers Tuition and Housing per year.
What is ALU?
ALU is pioneering a fresh approach to higher education in the 21st century; offering accredited undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programmes in a unique and imaginative way.
ALU was founded in 2013 by renowned Ghanaian educationalist Fred Swaniker.
#FBF JumpStart Academy Africa at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit
During her time at the Academy, she was one of 50 young people who joined the Inaugural Class Yale Young African Scholars Program 2014.
Civian just completed her first-year as an inaugural student at the African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius where she is studying towards a BSc. in Electrical Engineering.
“Jumpstart Academy Africa has changed my life, my family and community at large.
My family struggled to cover the costs of my education; the Academy provided me with a quality education, opened to a world of opportunities and guided me in all aspects of my life. I am currently pursuing a BSc in Electrical Engineering at the African Leadership University in Mauritius. I hope to to innovate around some of the most pressing problems facing my country and continent.
I firmly believe in the Academy’s s vision of ensuring that young people have quality education with a focus on 21st Century Skills. As an alumnus, I feel deeply connected to the Academy and continue to be a part of the JumpStart Academy Africa network.”
Civian Massa Kiki
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We are pleased to announce that Lovert Nde, Design and Training Officer at JumpStart Academy Africa has been selected by the African Leadership Academy (ALA) for the Global Educator Program.
Lovert is among a diverse cohort of educators selected from around the world and will undertake an intensive 4-week immersion into the theory, practice, and execution of ALA’s unique brand of leadership education and development; as a member of the Global Scholars Program (GSP) staff.
Upon successful completion, Lovert will receive first-level certification for teaching short-course programs with ALA. He will join a growing network of educators from Africa and around the world who are committed to re-thinking educational environments that foster 21st century skills.