The African Green Leaders Academy is an online program which will run from October 15-December 15, 2021. It is part of a broader initiative led by 10 Billion Strong which aims to train 1 million green leaders in 36 key countries by 2025.
The program will be conducted in English and is focused on preparing emerging youth leaders to understand key environmental issues, develop leadership skills, and learn how to use civic engagement to effectively address environmental challenges.
We seek to enroll 50-75 leaders from 13 countries in Africa.
In Support of the Sustainable Development Goals
Driving Collective Impact
Our ultimate goal is to advance environmental quality. As part of our values to support individual agency and allow participants to lead in their local context, we support impact towards environmental outcomes that align with any of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 12 (Responsible Consumption), 13 (Climate Action), 14 (Life Below Water), and 15 (Life on Land)
Flexible Online Learning
Supporting Leaders During Challenging Times
The program content will be available via an online learning management system (LMS) called Crew. Participants will login to access readings, course lectures, and submit reflections and short assignments.Participants can complete their work at any time that works for their schedule. This asynchronous learning methodology will allow flexibility for participants who may have unstable internet access. However, we ask that participants be able to devote 1-2 hours for coursework each day.
Participants who join the program will work towards the following outcomes:
Gain an understanding of the most pressing environmental issues impacting their communities and the planet.
Develop personal and civic efficacy, as well as key social connections to support environmental actions.
The following environmental literacy, leadership, and civic engagement topics will be addressed:
South & Southeast Asia Regional Environmental Overview
Climate Change, Climate Adaptation, and Climate Mitigation
Plastic and Air Pollution
Social Innovation & Transformative Action
Environmental Movement Building
Stakeholders and Systems
We will also plan to arrange several non-mandatory group calls for those who would like to interact with their peers and program leadership.
The target audience: youth aged 18- 28, though the upper age range is flexible. We're prioritizing applicants that have an interest an ability to use our curriculum as a trainer in the future.
Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Tanzania.
Ability to commit to 1-2 hours per day to complete course readings, videos, and assignments.
Internet access and the ability to access course content.
Strong English language skills.
Demonstrated interest in addressing environmental challenges.
Demonstrated interest in being a thoughtful member of our program and commitment to completing the program content.
We're grateful and proud of our partners to help make this program a success.
Libe Green Innovation
Libe Green Innovation is a social enterprise with the mission to achieve zero waste and provide employment opportunities in Tanzania, through collecting, processing and upcycling plastics, as well as engaging the community through talks and workshops on environmental sustainability.
Past Program highlights
Our highlights from our 2020 Environmental Leadership Accelerator Program in Yangon:
100% of our participants reported they are more capable of addressing environmental issues than when they started the program.
95% of our participants reported they are more motivated to address environmental issues after the program.
90% of our participants reported they strongly agree that they are capable of sharing the knowledge they learned with their community.
"At first I used to think youth cannot tackle and make a difference in environmental issues, but now I think even a small group can change the world and they can perform if they are active and work hard." - Accelerator Participant
"I used to think solutions to environmental challenges should be managed by the government, but now I think every individual has their own responsibility to keep the environment clean and green, as well as in addressing environmental problems." - Accelerator Participant