The Ubuntu Leadership Program is based on the ubuntu philosophy where one sees oneself as an integral part of a larger whole. ‘I am because we are’. Through this holistic view, where the relationship is key, and not the self, the Ubuntu Leadership Program is organized. The ULP participants will work together in all parts of the program. From writing a business plan to group discussions on the themes of people, planet, and profit.
We believe that education, entrepreneurship, and cooperation are essential drivers to develop societies. Without this, societies, especially the rural communities within, will fall apart in the struggle to survive in a challenging, changing global world. Every euro spent on education in less developed, rural areas will have a substantial constructive effect on the whole world. Food security and climate change should be dealt with in remote areas.
Together with universities in Africa and in the Netherlands, the Ubuntu Leadership Program (ULP) creates learning communities in rural Africa. It is supported by students and entrepreneurs in the Netherlands via a training and coaching program on the ground and by using digital means to organize, connect, communicate and learn, for the more significant benefit of all communities.
The Ubuntu Leadership Program is a nine-month, nondegree, honors program for secondary school leavers in remote areas in Africa. In this program, students receive vocational training to become a craftsman and realize their business plan (Project), while at the same time reflecting with a local mentor in groups and individually on how the balance between People, Profit, and Planet can be improved in their (working) lives and community. So they can become leaders in their communities. Dutch students from the participating university will support the participants with their business start-ups.
Beliefs Underlying the Idea
Education and healthy businesses are the cornerstones of a vital, life-generating community process
Vital communities with healthy businesses are key to addressing global crises like food security and climate change
Global crises can be addressed by sharing knowledge between learning communities worldwide and starting new ideas together
Sharing knowledge worldwide is possible by using ICT solutions to connect
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