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Ubuntu Leaders Academy - Digital Edition for EUROPE

Training Course

8 May - 5 June 2021 | ONLINE, Portugal

Are you making a difference in your community? Do you want to grow your leadership skills to become part of a global network of changemakers? Applications are now open for the Ubuntu Leaders Academy for EUROPE.

The Ubuntu Leaders Academy (ULA) aims to develop the values of servant leadership, ethics of care and bridge-building in young people with high leadership potential from vulnerable contexts and who seek the common good of their communities.

Inspired by world-renowned personalities namely, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Gandhi and Malala, the Ubuntu Leaders Academy was founded in 2010, aims to train a new generation of youth leaders focused on community development through Servant Leadership, Ethics of Care and Building Bridges Principles. 

ULA invites the participants on an inner journey that challenges the way they see themselves and relate to others, becoming able, as Gandhi said, "to fight for the change they want to see in the world, through the Ubuntu Method. It aims to form leaders who are capable of caring, listening, trusting and promoting reconciliation by building bridges and promoting human dignity.

Founded in 2010, ULA has engaged with around 12,000 youth people from more than 50 countries in 4 continents. Today, the project is present with delegations in 16 countries. Check the map of ULA delegations around the world on our website (click here).

With the goal of promoting reconciliation, building bridges and promoting human dignity, the project has the following objectives:

  • Empower young people as agents of transformation at the service of communities, promoting the integrated development of skills, with a focus on capacities for servant leadership;
  • Promote dialogue between and within communities for the promotion of peace and construction of Justice, contributing to the development of more inclusive and resilient societies;
  • Develop an ethics of care, focused on empathy, attention and responsibility, considering three dimensions: myself, me and the other, me and the world.

The Digital training course Ubuntu Leaders Academy is facilitated through 5 consecutive 8-hour themed seminars. These training sessions have been facilitated and fully participated by youth engaged in social activism, founders of NGOs, social organizations, academic institutions, government agencies, university students from numerous countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The previous ULA Digital Editions 
- Africa and the Middle East - 222 participants from 47 countries
- Latin America I - 87 participants from 6 countries
- Latina America II - 200 participants from 14 countries (currently taking place) 
- Community of Portuguese Language Countries - 90 participants from 13 countries
- University Students - 58 participants from 7 countries

Applications are now open European participants who are highly motivated and available to attend 5 consecutive seminars.

 The 5 digital seminars will take place on ZOOM. Access to the internet (via a smartphone or a computer) is essential.

⏰ Seminars will take place on Saturdays from 9:00am to 4:30pm GMT.

Leading like Mandela — Saturday, May 8, 2021
Building Bridges — Saturday, May 15, 2021
Overcoming Obstacles — Saturday, May 22, 2021
Ubuntu Lives — Saturday, May 29, 2021
I Have a Dream —Saturday, June 5, 2021

MORE INFO and APPLICATIONS: www.ula.link/europe


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Training overview


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This Training Course is

for 80 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Volunteering mentors, Changemakers; Social Entreperneurs; Activists;

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):



Ubuntu Leaders Academy / IPAV - Instituto Padre António Vieira (Others)

- The Ubuntu Leaders Academy (promoted by IPAV) is a youth-oriented program aimed at training in socio-emotional skills related to Servant Leadership, Building Bridges and Ethics of Care. Based on the Ubuntu philosophy – “I am because you are” - the training methodology prioritizes five key competencies with the participants: self-knowledge, self-confidence, resilience, empathy and service.

- IPAV - Instituto Padre António Vieira is a non-profit Civic Association, recognized as a public utility organization (IPSS) and Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGOD), whose mission is the promotion of human dignity. It is, in Portugal and in the world, amongst the leaders in social innovation for the promotion of human dignity, through specialization in the dynamization of collaborative culture and the promotion of “unity in diversity”.

More information on the website: www.ipav.pt


  • Ubuntu Global Network (Others)

Contact for questions:

Ubuntu Leaders Academy


Phone: 00351931127769


Participation fee

The Ubuntu Leaders Academy - Digital Edition- EUROPE will be cost free for the selected young people.

Accommodation and food

This first online edition of the Ubuntu Leaders Academy, Digital Edition in EUROPE is sponsored by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundationa and supported by Ubuntu Global Network.

Travel reimbursement

The Ubuntu Leaders Academy - Digital Edition- EUROPE will be online and free of cost for the participants.

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