LEAD Africa (LEAD) is a growing network of progressive leadership academies that empower Africa’s future leaders through quality education and sport. Each academy is founded by a local champion, providing underprivileged boys and girls at the primary and secondary school levels with high-quality academic classes, elite sport training, good nutrition, healthcare, life skills, and pastoral care.
All future academies will be modeled after LEAD’s flagship institution, LEAD Monrovia Football Academy in Liberia (est. 2015). As the first school of its kind in Liberia, LEAD MFA has been recognized by former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as “a unique approach to academic and leadership training that must be watched.” Indeed, LEAD MFA’s evidence-based impact has captured the attention of several philanthropists, prompting the replication of its leadership development model across Africa.
LEAD launched its second academy, LEAD Morocco, in September 2019. LEAD’s third academy will be a basketball academy in East Africa. By 2050, LEAD aims to have 50 academies and to be empowering 25,000 young leaders across the continent every year.