|Diamond Miners in Sierra Leone. The DEF seeks to empower Africans in diamond-producing nations|
The Diamond Empowerment Fund announced Tuesday that it is continuing its commitment to empowering African youth and will increase funding for African Leadership Academy by 40% in 2012.
African Leadership Academy is one of three beneficiary schools receiving funds from Diamond Empowerment Fund, whose mission is to empower Africans in diamond-producing nations through education.
Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, African Leadership Academy (ALA) was founded by Ghanian-born entrepreneur Fred Swaniker, on the belief that ethical leadership is the key to transforming the African continent. ALA recruits students from all 54 African nations; at present, 41 nations are represented at the Academy.
ALA’s first graduating class of 88 surpassed all goals, with 92% of students admitted to college, and secured a collective amount of more than $10 million in college scholarship funds to schools including Harvard University, Yale University, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, and Duke University.