Fotabe Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy (FELA)


Fotabe Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy (FELA)

FOTABE ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (FELA) is the Vocational training Unit of FUNIC Cameroon. Students from all over Africa can study at FELA's two campuses in Buea and Douala or via Distance Learning, Online, or blended learning. FELA is the leading center for entrepreneurial leadership in Africa. FELA’s curriculum was especially designed to train young men and women in Cameroon to develop Entrepreneurial skills, acquire concrete leadership experience, and develop positive professional abilities needed to land their dream jobs and become entrepreneurs and change their communities. Through her unique School-to-work (s2w) model, FELA has positioned herself as the leading training Institution with the solution to youth unemployment in Cameroon and Africa.

FELA is a Vocational School created by Ministerial order 044/MINEFOP/SG/DFO/SDGSF/SACD with the objective of transforming Africa by identifying rare skills in common youth and honing such skills so that graduates become Intrapreneurial leaders and world class Entrepreneurs in their communities.


FELA focuses on skill-based training for Cameroonians and Africans wishing to acquire market-oriented skills to enable them work in Business, Health, or Engineering Organizations. The programs were designed by FELA and employing organizations, with the specific needs of the job market and the employment climate in mind.

FELA’s unique model:

FELA was created to train unique intrapreneurs and entrepreneurial leaders through its SCHOOL-TO-WORK (S2W) and Business Leadership programs which offer students the unique opportunity to work while studying and fresh graduates a seamless transition from the classroom to the workplace.

FELA’s model is unique in 3 aspects: First the curriculum, second the learning approach, and third, the progression route.

1. The curriculum: FELA’s curriculum was designed by experts in both leadership and entrepreneurship, with a deep understanding of the Cameroonian and African marketplace. The curriculum focuses on three key pillars: Skills, Experience and Attitude (SEA). These are the fundamental pillars to every successful business organization.

FELA ensures that every student acquires these skills by (i) ensuring that all students learn courses which are not taught anywhere else (Intrapreneurship, time management, Cameroon business environment, world report, etc) (ii) by ensuring that all students are placed on paid work experience while they study, and (iii) by ensuring that all our students volunteer as part of their program.

2. The learning approach: FELA’s learning approach is designed to train students to acquire skills, rather than theoretical knowledge. Our approach is twofold: Co-creation and action learning. We use illustrative case studies and students work with customers to design products/programs at the level of their final projects. We focus on learning by doing.

3. The progression route: One of the biggest challenges to vocational training in Cameroon is progression. Students who opt for a professional/vocational program usually cannot progress to a higher level in their chosen fields. FELA has solved that problem by designing a unique progression route, following the British apprenticeship levels from Advanced (level 3) to Higher (level 4 – 5). Additionally, thanks to our international partnership, students can progress to level 6 and then to an MBA if they so desire.

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