GFS has partnered with African Leadership Academy (ALA) to offer GFS students a global learning experience, which takes place on the campus of ALA in Johannesburg, South Africa. This program is based on ALA’s Entrepreneurial Leadership curriculum.
An independent school with 250 students, 70+ faculty and staff across multiple departments in South Africa and the US, ALA’s mission is to contribute to the transformation of Africa by developing a powerful network of over 6,000 leaders over 50 years who will work together to address the continent’s greatest challenges, achieve extraordinary social impact, and accelerate the continent's growth trajectory.
Over the course of this thirteen-day learning experience, GFS students study alongside an extraordinary coterie of outstanding students who are recruited from across the African continent. Participating in a curriculum based on the ALA curriculum, students develop leadership skills and foster an entrepreneurial mindset in participants through carefully crafted learning experiences both on and off the ALA campus. With an emphasis on social entrepreneurship, the program is enhanced by historic and cultural activities and informed by real-life examples of social innovation ventures from across the Johannesburg area. Visiting students also consider issues of social justice as they examine the parallel, but differing histories of the United States and South Africa with regard to race and class.
Visiting students and faculty leaders reside on the ALA campus, engage in a human-centered design lab (BUILD), attend classes and other ALA programs, and interact with ALA students and teachers to expand their networks and develop lasting relationships. ALA provides accommodations, meals, transportation, security, program instruction, learning support materials, community-based learning opportunities, and engagement with ALA peers.
The program is open to 11th and 12th graders. Interested individuals may contact Carol Rawlings Miller for more information.