Akilah is delivering on the vision of scaling our unique academic model beyond our Rwanda campus. This month we opened a second campus in Bujumbura, Burundi.
The expansion was announced at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative by the Segal Family Foundation, who provided the initial seed funding for the new campus. A recent grant from the Kristin Linnea Skvarla Foundation makes it possible for Akilah to offer significant scholarship support to all students.
The first intake of students arrived on campus in Bujumbura this week!
As the only higher education institution in Burundi for women, Akilah is poised to make a unique impact on the country’s growth and development.
Ninety percent of the population in Burundi relies on low-skill, low-paying jobs in the agriculture sector.
The Akilah learning environment provides much-needed skill-building in critical thinking, problem solving, and leadership skills.
Akilah board member Carmen Nibigira, the newly appointed Country Director for Tourism in Burundi, noted the overwhelming support from parents and new students:
Akilah’s expansion to Burundi means opening doors to women who didn’t have many options to pursue higher education. This campus truly opens a new horizon for women here, empowering them to pursue opportunities never before available to them.
They see Akilah as an investment. That’s something that Akilah fundamentally believes in: making sure that our students value education as a major investment in themselves. As a Burundi native, I can say that concept is somewhat new here.
As a center of excellence in education, leadership, and development, Akilah’s expansion to Burundi is a huge step and a new dawn for our country.
Akilah partnered with community associations, women’s organizations, and secondary schools around the country to recruit the first intake of students, who were selected from more than 700 applicants.
Akilah students will complete the Foundation program and take courses in Math, Information Technology, Leadership, and Communication before pursuing a Diploma in either Entrepreneurship or Hospitality Management.
Akilah also offers courses to students at New Generation, our local partner, and a renowned Burundian NGO that supports street youth.
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