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My mind was blown and heart touched by Ethiopia's Lebawe Academy - Lee Kasumba

Lee Kasumba's Africa State of Mind podcast features a highlight from her recent trip to Ethiopia for the Africa Connected series sponsored by Standard Bank Group. In this latest episode Lee talks to people representing the African continent in a positive way.

The audio came from her recent visit to the International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia - also referred to as the Lebawe Academy - which she described as a real eye-opener!

The morning I went to the academy, I never thought I would come out feeling totally different...I never imagined that I was literally going to walk into a place that I felt was a microcosm for what it is that we can be as a society, and as people in Africa and the world.

Lee Kasumba, radio personality

Lebawe Academy was really one of those place that blew my mind. I love the fact that they are a hybrid between modern education and Ethiopian education.

Lee Kasumba, radio personality

According to the Academy's website, graduates are "prime candidates for enrollment in and scholarships to the world’s top universities. Their experience at ILAE will prepare them for a lifetime of social responsibility and international leadership."

Kasumba says the emphasis is on the humanity of each and every student there, and finding out what their purpose is. The pupils are bright and positive and have a dream for both their country and Africa.

My heart was touched in ways that I could not explain.

Lee Kasumba, radio personality

Take a listen to her wonderful conversations with both teachers and students in this episode of Africa State of Mind:


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