Creating Tomorrow’s Ethiopian Leaders
In today’s society, we are at the heart of a rising millennial generation. Not only are millennials our next economic growth opportunity, but they are the leaders of tomorrow shaping social impact. This distinct generation is classified as being optimists with overwhelming hope and trust in the future. Millenials are known to be the most connected, diverse and collaborative generation to date. They bring a new personality to the table, and they celebrate a citizen-driven society, non-governmental institutions and a networked approach to problem solving. Millennials value innovation and take full advantage of the opportunity to reimagine. With that said, millennials are a smart investment for the future and have the ability to change the world for the better.
Historically, the developed world has been fortunate enough to take advantage of the tools and resources for individual growth and personal advancement. Other parts the world, such as Ethiopia, have been robbed of this due to poverty deprivation and lack of resources. Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Sub-Saharan Africa with a population of about 85 million (United Nations, 2011), yet it is also one of world’s poorest countries. A major contributor to suspending progress is the lack of access to education. Over half of Ethiopia’s population is between the ages of 15-24 years (World Bank, 2011). Many of the youth face diverse problems and are confronted with constant life challenges. In order for Ethiopia to overcome such challenges and move towards progress, their own millennial generation must be granted educational opportunities. There is so much rich potential in Ethiopia’s youth, but they have been limited, which staggers the overall development of the country.
There are organizations out there working to break this cycle of neglect towards millienials in poverty stricken areas, such as in Ethiopia, and one of those notable organizations is the International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia (ILAE). ILAE has a unique approach to solving this problem, and they are confident that the answer lies within leadership development. Tomorrow’s global leaders are in the classrooms today, so ILAE seeks to provide the tools needed to affect real change for future generations. ILAE partners with distinguished leaders and institutions, with a vision to create a world-class school that recruits and develops academically gifted and talented students in Ethiopia, ultimately preparing them for a lifetime of social responsibility and international leadership. By identifying and cultivating leadership talent early, ILAE will set the standard for future generations to come by creating a strong environment for social impact and creating leaders who will aspire to transform Ethiopia.
A Global Impact
Imagine over half of Ethiopia’s 85 million person population having access to the resources necessary to pursue their own potential and give back to the world in a meaningful way. ILAE proves that guiding millennials to be leaders in international advancement translates into a global domino effect, where these leaders can leave a legacy by continuing to inspire and offer the same opportunity to the next. With passion and a team-player mentality, millennials are more likely to contribute their skills and education to social good than any other generation. ILAE’s graduates will be prepared to change the world – beginning with Ethiopia.