Akilah is preparing the next generation of female leaders and professionals in East Africa. Our leadership module cuts across all of Akilah’s programs, combining academics, career readiness, and personal skills through four main pillars: Community Leadership, Character Development, Career Management, and Business & Leadership Skills.

We expect our graduates to work in the most exciting industries, to launch their own enterprises, to assume key management positions in local and international businesses, and to lead their communities and their country. Students graduate with the confidence to assume leadership roles in the workplace and the community. They become active participants who enjoy taking the initiative and pass their skills and values on to other young women.

Social Change Projects

Akilah students create sustainable impact in their communities by using their skills in real-life projects. Our social change projects target areas like family planning, nutritional health education for mothers, English lessons at orphanages, and income-generating activities for households.

  • The leadership module covers 512 instruction hours
  • Each student completes at least 80 hours of community work
  • Other Akilah leadership activities include projects on gender, women, and peace-building

Campus Leadership

Campus life provides many opportunities to practice leadership outside the mandatory academic curriculum. Students are encouraged to run for positions in Student Government and join student-run clubs on campus.

"My favorite memory at Akilah was during one of the Social Change Projects. My community needs me. It is important to build strong relationships with others and give a helping hand to one another in order to achieve a common goal."

-Anne Niyomubyeyi '15

“We want our students to show by example what it means to be part of Akilah: Be a leader, use your skills, make a change in your community, use your voice, be confident, take action, be an advocate for change.”

-Janice Ndegwa, former Leadership Instructor

Akilah has changed me. Right now, I can really talk to a person and look them straight in the eyes, and that’s a sign of confidence. If I’m at school, I don’t want to be just Claudine. Why not Claudine the smart one, the kind one, or the one taking initiative?”

-Claudine Uwamahoro '16