Leaders in Teaching

Unlocking Quality Secondary Education Opportunities in Africa

Leaders in Teaching unlocks quality secondary education opportunities for the African continent. Investing in teachers improves learning outcomes and creates life and livelihood opportunities for young people.


There is a tremendous urgency and an opportunity to address the continent's youth employment challenge. Programs that will drive transformation at the system level, such as Leaders in Teaching, are critical to addressing the scale of the challenge.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa is the third fastest growing region of the world, with 4.6% average annual growth in GDP.
  • High-quality secondary education has a significant role in alleviating poverty and improving employment prospects for young people. Secondary school is the time when youth acquire skills and knowledge needed to become productive citizens and workers.
  • It’s not just the years spent in school that are important: the quality of learning is critical for a young person’s future income and productivity.


Teachers across Africa face difficulties in recruitment, motivation, training, and professional development.

Schools are often under-resourced, teaching conditions are poor, and compensation is inadequate. These challenges are especially acute in remote areas.


Teachers are one of the biggest influences in a young person's life.

Launching in Rwanda, over the next five years, Leaders in Teaching aims to support more than 10,000 teachers and school leaders, impacting the education of at least 250,000 secondary school students.

  • Rwanda’s Vision 2020 highlights that the delivery of high-quality education is critical to Rwanda’s development objectives and goals.
  • Rwanda has made significant progress in strengthening its education systems over the past decade. It has achieved gender parity at the primary level and has made significant progress in strengthening its education system over the past decade.

While there has been considerable success in getting students into the education system, ensuring that they acquire the skills they need to enter the labour force is the challenge Leaders in Teaching is hoping to address.