Africa ELTA Female Leadership Mentoring Program

Africa ELTA Initiative for Empowering African Women

Africa ELTA recognized the need for making female African speakers more visible in ELT conferences. In 2020, Africa ELTA invited EVE to collaboration with us to co-organize a mentoring program for African women teachers. The aim of the program was to mentor eight female classroom teachers from Africa to become conference speakers to qualify for speaking at Africa ELTA conferences and other ELT events..

Africa ELTA started a call for applications among our membership and selected eight women teachers from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Senegal, and Tanzania. EVE recruited possible mentors from its own sources, then matched our volunteers to the mentees. We evaluated the program using focus groups, surveys, self-assessments, and reflections. The reaction was very positive, with the mentees finding that they had improved greatly in the technical aspects of giving presentations: controlling stage fright, using slides, pace, and pitch.

In 2021, and after the success of the first round, Africa ELTA organized the program again and added a proposal writing training that was offered by Amira Salama. Another group of eight mentees from Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Ghana, Niger, South Africa, and Nigeria. The Africa-ELTA Newsletter, Issue 11, features articles by the 8 mentees about their experience. The final presentations from these two programs are available on Africa ELTA YouTube.

After the board decided to discontinue collaborating with EVE, Africa ELTA organized the third round of this program (in 2022) which is entirely run by Africa ELTA male and female mentors and includes mentees from across Africa.

Testimonials from mentees