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Welcome to the Ubuntu Action Group!

The African continent has the fastest-growing youth population globally, with 70% under 30.

The significance of this young generation is compounded by the daunting aspects of the present and future: climate change and its impacts, political and societal volatility, and increasing economic insecurity.

In this context, what will happen in Africa will largely influence what happens with humankind in the next century. This presents African youth with the significant opportunity to catalyse a global transformation.

Defining Ubuntu

“I am who I am because of the people around me” in isiXhosa - one of the 12 official languages of South Africa. This simple but profound word means that we are interconnected and intertwined with each other.

Purpose

This group creates a cross-generational community of changemakers across Africa, looking into how to reinvent our individual and collective futures – enveloped in the ethos of Ubuntu.

The Ubuntu Action Group is an intergenerational solidarity movement aimed at promoting the conditions to revolutionise education access, learning for sustainability, social innovation and developing 21st century competencies - led by the world’s youngest continent.

The Ubuntu Learning Circle, an initiative of the LearningPlanet Alliance and Club of Rome, unites passionate individuals committed to reshaping learning and sustainability with the ethos of Ubuntu at its core.

From 2021 to 2023, we discussed environmental sustainability, equitable education access, lifelong learning, and 21st-century competencies. The African Youth Reinventing the Future session in 2023 marked a shift from dialogue to tangible actions. As LearningPlanet expanded, we transitioned from Circles to focused Action Groups, solidifying our commitment to on-the-ground impact.

The Ubuntu Learning Circle and our vibrant 250+ member community continues to foster dialogue, collaboration, and community-building across the African continent. This is still showcased at key events, notably the annual LearningPlanet Festival.

About us

This group is a community of practice. Co-founded by The Club of Rome and the LearningPlanet Alliance, it brings together a small circle of committed actors who are already active in local learning and sustainability led initiatives across the African continent to:

  • Tackle African challenges

    Address African challenges to accessing education from African contexts and cultures, reshaping solutions based in “modernization” and “development” models conceived within a colonial mindset;

  • Honour indigenous African wisdom

    Learn from indigenous African wisdom (Ubuntu, Ukama, Omenala, Iwa, Suban, Bumuntu and other concepts and practices) to nurture modern knowledge and reconcile it with how life works;


  • Create learning opportunities

    Create the conditions for the emergence of African processes of inquiry and learning, opening many pathways towards place-based equitable human well-being within a healthy biosphere.

Our actions in this group are to:

  • Break the digital divide

    Improve education access, breaking the ‘digital divide‘.

  • Advocate for youth, by youth

    Advocate and empower Ubuntu-centred ways of learning, prioritising indigenous learning practices and cross-generational knowledge transfers.

“Failure to be bold in our dreams & imagination is what has kept Africa where it is. Let’s be bold – the bolder the better!”

Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, Co-President of The Club of Rome, during the 2023 LearningPlanet Festival

Our projects

  • Ubuntu Learning Charter

    Our Ubuntu Learning Charter, made at the genesis of this group, was presented during the LearningPlanet Festival 2022’s Learning for Sustainability event hosted by the LearningPlanet Alliance and The Club of Rome.

    Read the Charter
  • Afrik-Akili Declaration

    This was followed by The Afrik-Akili Declaration, launched by The Club of Rome.

    Read the DeclarationWatch the Video
  • The Fifth Element

    Ubuntu is housed within the The Fifth Element .

    Visit the Website

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What our members are saying

“I am because you are’, to me, simply means: we believe that no matter who you are, despite what you’re going through, you’ve got something valuable, something really beneficial for others.
I don’t do this alone. I don’t liberate learning. We liberate the learning.”

— Fiston Muganda - LearningPlanet Youth Council Member

“It may be slow, it may take time, but we will make an impact.”

— Emmaryn Leuzzi - Programs Officer for Environment & Climate Action All-Africa Students Union

Our latest social

From our last sessions

Ubuntu Learning Circle: African Youth Reinventing The Future

More about the co-leads

Club of Rome is a platform of diverse thought leaders who identify holistic solutions to complex global issues and promote policy initiatives and action to enable humanity to emerge from multiple planetary emergencies. Its expansive network of academics and practitioners furthers its mission to propose solutions through scientific analysis, communication, and advocacy.

The Club of Rome
The Club of Rome

The LearningPlanet Alliance and its global network of 600+ game changers and institutions are committed to joining forces to better take care of ourselves, others and the planet.

LearningPlanet Alliance
LearningPlanet Alliance

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