The Akilah Institute is a college for women in East Africa offering a unique model of market-relevant education that enables young women to achieve economic independence and obtain leadership roles in the workplace and in society.
Exceptional young East African women who show passion for the Akilah educational experience, potential to succeed in the classroom and the workplace, and fit our criteria for academic excellence
THE AKILAH MODEL
Our market-relevant curriculum includes active learning, technology integration, leadership development, english immersion, community service, & career preparation
At least 80% of alumnae enter into professional careers within 6 months of graduation; Job retention tracked at 6 and 12 months intervals; Advancement to management roles and incomes changes tracked on a sampling basis
Akilah builds future generations of women leaders and professionals in East Africa through the development of a network of campuses
Educating young women is the wisest and most effective investment a developing country can make.
In East Africa, there is a profound gap between the education system and the human capital needs of the new booming private sector. Businesses complain regularly of a poorly trained and inadequate workforce, and yet 85% of women still work in subsistence agriculture, living on less than $2 per day. Only 1% of the population enters university, and less than one-third of those students are female. Clearly, there is a disconnect between what employers want and what the education system supplies. Akilah acts as the bridge connecting underemployed, high-potential young women to jobs in the fastest-growing sectors of the economy.
reinvest 90%of their earnings back into their families, compared to 30-40% for men
of schooling boosts an African woman’s wages by 10-20%
1% of the population enters college, and less than 1/3 of those are female
BUT AKILAH WOMEN
have 90% job placement within 6 months of graduation
Our three majors were developed specifically in response to current employer demands in East Africa
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