Graça Machel, an accomplished Mozambican politician, international advocate for women and children’s rights serves as the Chancellor of ALU. Machel was the Minister of Education in Mozambique and led a movement to cut the illiteracy rate by 22 percent, and to increase the school-going population from 400,000 to 1.6 million.
Machel was awarded the InterAction Humanitarian award in 1997 and was made an honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire at the request of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2007.
She has also founded various organisations that work to ensure the rights of families and communities across Africa. These include the Graça Machel Trust, an organisation which protects women and children’s rights and promotes women’s leadership across Africa. The Trust also runs the Graça Machel Scholarships for Women. She is a Founding Member of the Elders, an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights. Machel is the Founder of the Foundation of Community Development in Mozambique. She is also involved, in various capacities, in other organisations, including: the Africa Progress Panel and the UN Millennium Development Goals Advocates Panel. She is an Eminent Person of the UN Foundation. Machel served as the First Lady of South Africa during Nelson Mandela’s Presidency and as First Lady of Mozambique during Samora Machel’s presidency.
ALU is privileged and honoured to have Graça Machel as our chancellor. We are confident that her experience in education will be of tremendous value in strengthening ALU’s governance and helping us achieve our goal to develop the future leaders of Africa.