AU Watch ‘Agenda 2063 Leadership Program For African Students’

“Africans have this thing called UBUNTU. I am because we are. It is about the essence of being human, it is part of the gift that Africa will give the world. It embraces hospitality, caring about others, being able to go the extra mile for the sake of others. We believe that a person is a person through another person, that my humanity is caught up, bound up, inextricably, with yours.”

Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town

When looking at Africa’s future, experts often cite the continent’s large, growing young population as an asset. Half of the continent is under the age of 20 and all 10 of the world youngest countries are in Africa. These statistics represent a powerful workforce for the next several decades. Similarly, the “demographic dividend” suggests a pool of future leaders, from local communities to national level and even regionally.So, this very unique programme is based on the conviction that the African youth are a driving force for positive social change and should receive adequate support to enrich their action.

AU Watch’s ‘Agenda 2063 Program for African Students’ (APAS) is Africa’s leading academic enhancement and leadership development programfor African secondary school students planning to pursue tertiary education and who wish to make a meaningful contribution and impact in the continent. It is a three-week ‘summer’ programme inspired by the African Union’s Agenda 2063 Programme especially the need for ‘Africa to develop its own long-term strategy to regain its own destiny’, with Africa’s youth at the helm.

The October 2020 Summer School programme brings together African youths between the ages of 13 – 19, from around Africa to address pressing regional challenges within the context of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 Programme. It seeks to empower outstanding and very committed secondary school students in Africa through a three-week rigorous academic and practical coursework on the African Union, African sub-regional organisations, African leadership training and networking.

This unique educational experience for young regional leaders is designed to strengthen their knowledge and skills, about their (sub) regional organisations and their role in it, empowering them to be more effectively involved in building peaceful societies and collaborating across differences, through an increased network spanning the region.

The programme is done through workshops, seminars, lectures, roundtables, media activities and collaborative work. A key strategic objective of APAS is for the programme to be held alongside a major meeting of the African Union or one of its sub-regional bodies.Our young Fellows will,therefore, be able to physically participate in the activities of that body.

In 2020, APAS has opportunities for 200 promising young leadersfrom Sub-Saharan Africa to hone their skills at The University of The Gambia and at the 68th Ordinary Session of the African Commission of Human and People’s Rights, with support for professional development after they return home.

Our Vision
APAS is a unique academic, practical and leadership program for young African students at the University of The Gambia and in many universities across Africa. It is founded on the shared values of an Africa that seeks to assimilate and reflect those norms, principles and practices that have been developed or acquired, and which provide the basis for collective actions and solutions in addressing the political, economic and social challenges that impede Africa’s integration and development.

APAS envisions a time when those shared values are integrated through peace and security, social justice, human rights, good governance, regional integration, development and institutional building activities.

Our Mission
APAS seeks to inspire and empower the next generation of young African leaders connected by the continent’s normative shared values framework,especially its Agenda 2063 programme and the African Governance Architecture,by building a dynamic regional community of informed leaders who are actively participating in all the decision-making processes and affairs of the continent.

• Our purpose is to work with some of Africa’s most outstanding and promising young high school students to deliver excellent leadership across the region, which in turn will have a direct impact on governance and development in fulfilment of the AU’ Agenda 2063 Programme. AU Watch’s APAS programme seeks to shape regional and industry agendas.

• By designing practical interdisciplinary programs that foster intellectual curiosity, deepening regional understanding, and inspiring creative action across all areas the AU works on, APAS seek to empower the next generation of African leaders by building a regional community of young, knowledgeable and passionate Africans intending to move Africa to its ultimate destiny of being the greatest continent in the world.


Our philosophy is simple – great leadership development improves leadership behaviours and skills. Better leadership leads to better governance.

The Programme

AU-Watch APAS inaugural 2020 Session will take place in October 2020 in Banjul, The Gambia, alongside the 67th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights. This foundational Session will enrol at least 200 high school students from across Africa through a highly competitive application process. Senior AU Watch staff members, Members of AU Watch Governing Council and other African experts will lead lectures, small workshop groups, group discussions and supervise project work in this intensive three-week program.The programmes are designed in such a way to allow students to experience learning in a variety of different contexts, from large lectures to small seminars, one-on-one mentoring sessions and strategic workshops focused on building organizational management, financial acumen and leadership skills. We offer a range of tools, programmes and expertise to support our young scholars to develop into outstanding leaders.

Emphasizing an open, exploratory, and collaborative approach to learning, the three-week APAS programme is also designed to always take place during an important meeting / conference/ session of the AU or its Recs.The idea is our scholars will be on campus for, and being ‘taught’, for two-weeks.The last five days of the last week will be spent in attending the first week of the AU meeting that has been targeted by the APAS programme. Our future AU leaders and scholars will meet, mingle, talk to, and interview attendees of that AU meeting. Some of them will transmit media reports back ‘home’. They will also interview the heads of that AU meeting.  After day five, they will meet again for a day or two to synthesise and share experiences of what they have learnt.


Whilst APAS is founded on Africa’s shared values, it strives to demonstrate that it is possible for Africa to realize Agenda 2063 and the UN SDG’s goals

Human whilst upholding the highest standards human rights observance of governance.

                                                             Items For the Curriculum

Block I


Block II

Block III

Each lesson offers video, audio and text transcript options.

Want to be part of this unique programme? Then talk to us.