Akilah Institute for Women: Enabling African businesswomen

The Akilah Institute for Women is a non-profit, accredited women’s college with campuses in Kigali, Rwanda and Bujumbura, Burundi. Akilah graduates launch professional careers in East Africa's fastest-growing sectors: technology, business, and hospitality management. The Akilah educational model focuses on building private-sector partnerships and developing curricula hand-in-hand with business leaders and market-relevant sectors of the economy.

The unique Akilah model emphasizes experiential learning, leadership development, and entrepreneurial skills, challenging the existing norms of rote learning and limited career advancement. Akilah works closely with the local private sector to develop market-relevant curricula and to ensure job placement for graduates.

All students are enrolled in a longer school year, complete leadership and ethics courses, and pursue intensive community service and internship programs.