The ARU is guided by the following ideals:
1. The AAYMCA believes that Africa’s young people are the custodians of Africa’s future and therefore need to stand up and be counted if we are to secure a prosperous and comfortable place for all of Africa’s people.
2. YMCAs in Africa are driven by the belief that the rebirth of Africa has to be driven by our current and future youthful generation, hence our commitment to ensuring a continent where African youth have dignity and pride, rights and responsibilities, and are creative, capable and taken seriously. And so we align ourselves to the African Renaissance agenda as enshrined within our vision for all YMCAs across Africa: “Empowering Young People for the African Renaissance”.
3. Our common philosophy and change model dubbed,” Subject to Citizen – (S2C)”, is the rallying call that empowers young people to transform themselves and others from subjects who are dependent, open to manipulation and on the periphery of decision-making, to citizens who have the voice (belief in self and skills), the space and the ability to influence for positive change in their environment.
4. The ARU aims to accommodate the large number of students from low income families who qualify for university education but cannot afford the high fees required by private universities. The ARU will also target innovative students who have not attained requisite grades by taking them through bridging courses.
5. The ARU rests on the premise of preparing a generation of transformed leaders for the African Renaissance. Equipping them with skills and understanding to turn Africa around. We are premised on delivering African-based learning’s and a knowledge base that is African in context but global in understanding.
6. The core business of the ARU is to offer world class and relevant higher education to disadvantaged youth in Africa. The ARU’s efforts to ensure this transformation is successful in the near-term include;
- 6.1. Quality Education – Our quality is defined by offering education that is practical/applied, problem based, and student centered at a reasonable cost;
- 6.2. Link to Industry – ARU offers students experiential needs-based learning through its link to the industry and market that allows regular internships and lectures from business leaders;
6.3. Subsidised Education – ARU will leverage its link to YMCA’s fundraising capabilities, partnerships and commercial wing in order to help the disadvantaged youth in Africa;
- 6.4. Social Transformation – Focus on empowering the youth with a mindset of African identity and community service through moral values and original African culture;
- 6. 5. Bridging Program – The ARU will develop a strong bridging program for disadvantaged youth who show talent but are not yet ready for the rigor of university curriculum, using Prior Learning assessment for enrollment
- 6. 6. ARU’s Curriculum – The ARU intends to have three colleges/schools that we believe, over time, will contribute towards delivering on our mission.
– College/school of Social engineering – Conflict management and youth empowerment;
– College/school of Technology – ICT and mechanical engineering;
– College/school of Agriculture and Veterinary medicines – Agriculture, Horticulture and animal husbandry;
– The Business School will be the fourth one.
Each of these schools will have a common foundation course on S2C which aims at changing mindsets towards our values and principles for the Africa Renaissance.