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By Victoria Stilwell

More than 160 African high school students are getting lessons in entrepreneurship this week during Babson College’s first Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy, aimed at promoting leadership and business instruction in Ghana andRwanda.

The academy brings students from high schools throughout the regions of Sekondi, Ghana, and Byimana, Rwanda, together in each country for a week of learning with two dozen faculty, undergraduates and alumni from the Wellesley, Mass. college. The sessions start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m., but the Babson teams are offering smaller optional classes after hours because demand from students is so high, says Dennis Hanno, dean of the undergraduate school at Babson. Topics range from creating customer value and recognizing opportunity to modeling leadership.

“They just have this passionate thirst for learning,” Hanno says. “When I asked questions about what I talked about yesterday, they can answer them faster than I can.” Teachers from about 26 high schools in each country picked the students, who range in age from 16 to 20 years old. About 85 were selected in each country…Read more.

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