We are pleased to announce that Out of 480 applications across the continent, Jumpstart Academy Africa has been selected as one of the top 50 shortlisted organisations in the Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education.
The Award recognizes the very best projects using enterprise and entrepreneurship to innovate in the field of education.
Congratulations to our Team!
Earlier this year, we reached out to you on behalf of one of our students, Samiratu Ntohsi who was selected to join the African Leadership University.
We are pleased to announce that thanks to your support, Samiratu has joined the African Leadership University, at the Rwanda campus.
Thank you to all who made this happen: Randolf Fonkwo, Mukom Tamon, Sergio Zerbini and Massa Civian Kiki.
A special thanks to Zeno Gaburro!
Congratulations Samiratu Ntohsi and we wish you the very best!
The Team at JumpStart Academy Africa
On August 11, two JumpStart Academy Africa scholars, Vanisa Beri Nfor and Freedom Mbun from Government Bilingual High School Ndu were sworn in as United Nations Junior Parliamentarians representing the Northwest Region.
The swearing in took place at the Internation Relations Institute of Cameroon in Yaoundé.
Vanisa and Freedom were selected from millions of young people after a nation wide application and interview process.
The UN Junior Parliament for Cameroon seeks to build youth leaders and diplomats who are able to influence Cameroon positively.
It was created through a partnership between the United Nations Association for Cameroon and the National Youth Council.
As Junior Parliamentarians of the United Nations Association for Cameroon, Vanisa and Freedom will work with the National Youth Council to identify specific needs of youths in their communities.
JAA Founder, Madelle Kangha, gave a groundbreaking talk at TEDxALC which highlighted the importance of entrepreneurial education across the African continent.
Here is a recap of the Conference – https://www.businessaffair.mu/single-post/2017/07/18/Mauritian-and-African-Youth-gather-for-TEDxALC
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.
Estella received her award at the Dr SEA Prize Award and Youth Workshop held on June 23, 2017, in Buea, Cameroon.
Estella’s winning essay is available at: http://bit.ly/2sMSGyn
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
Follow us on Twitter @JumpStartAfr1ca, Instagram @jumpstartacademyafrica and find us on Facebook @JumpstartAcademyAfrica
We are pleased to announce that the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, has appointed Vera Songwe as ECA’s Executive Secretary.
Ms. Songwe, who sits on the Board of JumpStart Academy Africa and has been an avid supporter since it’s inception in 2013; is the first woman to ever serve in this role.
Congratulations to Ms. Songwe!!!
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.