The University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa (UETLA) seeks to support the ongoing learnings of the Youth Economic Participation Initiative, launched in 2012 to catalyze change in the way universities across the globe prepare students for economic life after graduation. The purpose of this program is to support those efforts by documenting the work of university education for transformative leadership at African institutions, with an emphasis on outcomes of education strategies for youth leadership and employability.
There are ten grantees - seven women and three men - working in nine universities in six countries: Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, Sudan and Uganda. We were pleased to host an international Selection Committee that chose the 10 grantees and two honorable mentions from a pool of 28 applicants in Africa. The cohort represents some of the most unique and innovative programs in university-community engagement.
UETLA created a dynamic cohort of engaged faculty - a virtual Community of Practice on TNConnects.net to bring together the learning, knowledge, and key practices from each of their programs to a wider audience. Throughout the year of 2016, each grantee wrote ten short articles on engaged pedagogies, mentorship, youth employability, transformative leadership, gender, and networking, among others.