A student-centered approach to learning
Akilah’s curriculum is designed to prepare our students for the workforce. Our student-centered approach means that students move through the content only after mastering concepts and subject matter, or "competencies." Every assignment, project, and test serves a purpose: to connect students to professional standards and provide the knowledge and skillset they need to thrive in the workplace.
Defining "Competencies" at Akilah
Every course we teach is aligned with a specific set of core or program competencies. The core competencies span everything from digital literacy, to leadership and social responsibility, to career navigation, to self-esteem, with specific indicators to measure change.
Why We're Unique
Traditional academic models determine student success based on how much time a student spends on a specific subject. For example, a student spends one semester learning about a subject, and they receive one credit for that semester. This approach to learning doesn’t guarantee that the student has mastered the subject matter, nor does it guarantee that the student is prepared to apply the knowledge in a professional environment.
Rather than time, Akilah uses a variety of learning methods to ensure students master the subject matter before progressing. A student's success is determined by their ability to demonstrate a deep understanding of key concepts and skills. The government of Rwanda has adopted competency-based education as a national strategy to raise academic proficiency standards.
Preparing for the Workplace
Our curriculum effectively prepares students for the workforce because we collaborate with regional employers and industry experts to identify exactly what students need to know. Our courses are continuously updated to reflect the latest industry and workforce trends. As soon as students demonstrate they have mastered a particular concept or skill, they can advance to the next level. This way, students receive a tailored approach to learning and career preparation.
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Nearly 90% of our graduates are employed within six months of graduating and earn, on average, 12x the national median income. Since 2010, our programs have equipped hundreds of women with the academic, professional, and leadership skills necessary to launch and advance their careers with companies like Marriott International, Radisson Blu, Impact Hub, One Acre Fund, MTN, Inkomoko, and more.