It’s a joyous time here at Wellspring! On June 9th, 2017, the first nine graduates of our Abundant Leadership Institute (ALI) walked across the stage.

At the start of the program in August 2015, these students came from various education communities across Rwanda. Though many of them didn’t know each other, they all shared a passion for increasing their leadership abilities to equip their schools—and the next generation of Rwandans—for success. The past year-and-a-half of trainings saw this cohort work through modules covering everything from empowering mentorship to self-leadership. They’ve learned to assess their goals and adopt a servant heart. They know that to lead effectively, others must be put first, and that the success of a leader comes through the success of those they lead.

Each of these nine graduates worked tirelessly to finish this program. We are in awe of their dedication and hard working spirit. The impact of good leadership is immeasurable, as are the number of lives of students, teachers, and members of the wider community that will be changed due to the new mindset and techniques adopted by our alumni. We’re excited to see the transformation that our ALI graduates will bring to the education community in Rwanda and beyond, and look forward to continuing to engage with them as alumni.

Richard Taylor, Wellspring’s Rwanda Country Director had the following words about this historic moment for Wellspring’s Abundant Leadership Institute:

“The graduation of our pioneer class is a big milestone for the Abundant Leadership Institute. We are excited about how these Christian leaders are applying what they have learned in their schools and look forward to seeing them empower a new generation of emerging leaders in Rwanda and beyond.”

The First Graduates from Wellspring's Abundant Leadership Institute

What is the Abundant Leadership Institute?

Founded in August 2015, the Abundant Leadership Institute is a Wellspring Foundation for Education program that combines quality values-based education and advanced leadership development. The most promising educators from across Central Africa come together to learn how to increase their leadership abilities so that they can transform their school communities and empower the next generation of leaders.

To learn more about the Abundant Leadership Institute and see the very real impact that this training has upon schools watch Tite’s Story, a film featuring one of our new ALI graduates, Tite Siborurema. Using Wellspring and ALI techniques, Tite transformed Kabuye School from a place of dysfunctional educational practices to a high performing place of respect and learning. After reversing its decline and setting Kabuye School on a path towards success, Tite was moved on to Rugando School to spread this transformation to a new school community.

Wellspring’s Abundant Leadership Institute exists because we know that transformation starts with leadership. Will you partner with us as we strive to equip Rwanda’s current educational leaders with the skills to empower the next generation?