International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia

Website: | Sector: Non-profit | Area of Work: Youth, Education, Leadership

Core Vision

To offer an education that inspires, nurtures and develops young women and men to be leaders in their communities, in Ethiopia and beyond. Vision To offer a global education that nurtures students to discover their purpose, challenges them to think critically, empowers them to meet and surpass their own standards, and inspires them to contribute to the leadership efforts of Ethiopia, Africa, and the world.

While offering full coverage of the Ethiopian curriculum the program also emphasis other skills like leadership through service, collaboration, shared creativity, integration of technology, and a focus on sustainability. ILAE strives to teach respect for nations, nationalities and peoples of the Ethiopia and tradiaitonal Ethiopian values such as, religious tolerance (Rasen Makber), respect for gender diversity (Mechachal/ Ikulinet), Ethiopian identity (Etiopiawinet), community values (Maheberawinet), respect for elders (Chewanet), agricultural roots, and knowledge acquisition (Mirmera/Tibeb/ Moya).

Leadership Development Fellowship

The fellow will create a curriculum about building professional identity and equip students with a combination of versatile hard and soft skills they will need to be global citizens in the professional world. The students would learn these skills together, meaning both the hard and soft skills will be taught in an integrated approach to promote a better understanding and to ensure they get a well-rounded grasp.


The skills taught will highlight each students potential and allow them to understand the teachings in a personalized way. Hard skills would include practical teachings such as different kinds of writing, learning about different software programs and résumé building. Building on the students’ communication styles, teaching them the importance of time management and motivating them to solve problems with creativity will help them grow their soft skill set.


Students will be guided to implement their personal skills with the global community in mind in order to practice their global citizenship. The goal is to teach the importance relating with people within the Ethiopian culture as well as cross-culturally through interpersonal communication. To ensure students understand each lesson, the curriculum will include Conscious Reflection. This is a time for them to reflect on what they’ve learned through self-awareness and to really look inward and learn about their own personal strengths and weaknesses while practicing non-judgment. It is also a space for them to engage their peers and practice what they learn.

Expected Deliverables

1. Create modules for:

  • Conscious Reflection and self-awareness
  • Time management, resumé building, professionalism and other skills needed to build professional identity
  • Setting long-term and short-term personal goals
  • Building positive habits to strengthen personal identity

2. Engage students in open dialogue on their personal and professional growth

3. Present teaching materials with clarity and practicality through activities that enhance each students’ potential for identity development

By the end of the term, students will write a biography about their identity growth both personally and professionally as it relates to the curriculum.