Funded Undergraduate University Studies for Orphaned Young People from Anglophone and Francophone Countries in the Ashinaga african initiative 2021

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Apply for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative to pursue abroad, a leadership study program for young people with zero worries about the costs.

The Ashinaga initiative offers funding for undergraduate university studies to applicants that have fulfilled the stated requirements.

Application Deadline: February 19th, 2021.

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Benefits

The program will cover the costs associated with obtaining an undergraduate degree for each applicant in select fields.

Eligibility

To be eligible, Applicants must:

  • Have lost one or both parents. 
  • Have completed secondary school and passed national secondary school examination (technical and vocational degrees not accepted) within the last two years (any date after 1st September 2018, including all of 2019 and 2020) or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results before February 28th, 2021. 
  • Have citizenship and have completed/are completing high school in one of the following countries: 
    • Benin, 
    • Botswana, 
    • Burkina Faso, 
    • Burundi, 
    • CAR, 
    • Cameroon, 
    • Chad, 
    • Comoros,
    • Côte d’Ivoire, 
    • Djibouti, 
    • DRC, 
    • Ethiopia, 
    • Eritrea, 
    • Gabon, 
    • Ghana, 
    • Guinea Conakry, 
    • Kenya, 
    • Kingdom of eSwatini, 
    • Lesotho, 
    • Liberia, 
    • Madagascar, 
    • Malawi, 
    • Mali, 
    • Mauritania, 
    • Mauritius, 
    • Namibia, 
    • Niger, 
    • Nigeria, 
    • Republic of Congo, 
    • Rwanda, 
    • Sénégal, 
    • Sierra Leone, 
    • Somalia, 
    • South Africa, 
    • South Sudan, 
    • Seychelles, 
    • Sudan, 
    • Tanzania, 
    • The Gambia, 
    • Togo, 
    • Uganda, 
    • Zambia, and 
    • Zimbabwe.  
  • Have been born after 1st September 1998 (Below the age limit of 23).
  • Do not have the means to attend university abroad without external financial support. 
  • Be proficient in English or French. 
  • Be regularly ranked in the top 10% of their class during their last 2 or 3 years of secondary school. 
  • Be able to participate in the two Ashinaga preparatory programs, over the course of one year, before attending university. 
  • Be committed to return home, or to Sub-Saharan Africa, and contribute to society in Sub-Saharan Africa after graduating from university. 
  • Have no dependents who could interfere with academic progress. 
  • Have a good enough health condition to be able to study abroad. 

Requirements/Specifications 

  • The Anglophone Recruitment 
    • Botswana, 
    • Ethiopia, 
    • Eritrea, 
    • The Gambia, 
    • Ghana, Kenya, 
    • Kingdom of eSwatini, 
    • Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, 
    • Namibia, 
    • Nigeria, 
    • Rwanda, 
    • Seychelles, 
    • Sierra Leone, 
    • Somalia, 
    • South Africa, 
    • South Sudan, 
    • Sudan, 
    • Tanzania, 
    • Uganda, 
    • Zambia, and 
    • Zimbabwe.
  • Francophone Recruitment
    • Benin, 
    • Burkina Faso, 
    • Burundi, 
    • Cameroon, 
    • Central African Republic, 
    • Chad, 
    • Comoros, 
    • Côte d’Ivoire, 
    • Democratic Republic of Congo, 
    • Djibouti, 
    • Gabon, 
    • Guinea Conakry, 
    • Madagascar, 
    • Mali, 
    • Mauritania, 
    • Niger, 
    • Republic of Congo, 
    • Senegal and Togo.
  • Applicants from countries with both French and English as its official languages can apply to either the Anglophone or Francophone program. 

However, this does not guarantee multiple seats on the AAI will be provided.

  • Lusophone Recruitment-
    • Angola, 
    • Cape Verde, 
    • Guinea-Bissau, 
    • Mozambique, 
    • São Tomé e Príncipe.

Click here for information about the Lusophone Recruitment. 

  • There are two application stages:
    • Registration: all applicants must first confirm eligibility by registering for the program. 

Only students who register for the program and are deemed eligible (based on criteria/eligibility above) will receive the application form.  

  • Application: all students who register for the program will receive an email with a link to the application form within 1 month of their registration if they are eligible for the program. 

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Application Instructions

There is no application fee.

  • Click here to read more about the program and application information document.
  • All documents must be submitted in French or English. Use the Gregorian (Western) calendar to fill in the application. 
  • Submit the following required documents for each of the stages in the Ashinaga Africa Initiative application process:
    • Registration  
      • Copy of national ID card or passport.  
      • Copy of term reports / high school for your final year of school.  
      • Copy of final Secondary School Examination Certificate.

Students receiving their examination results after February 19th 2021 and before February 28th 2021 will be asked to send their examination certificates if invited to submit the application for the program.   

  • Application  
    • Copy of all term reports / high school transcripts from the last 2 years.  
    • Copy of final Secondary School Examination Certificate (if you did not submit it with your registration form) 
    • Copy of academic transcripts / diplomas from university / post-secondary institution, (if applicable).  
    • Copy of death certificate of deceased parent(s), including the deceased parent’s name, or alternative official documentation such as a court record, affidavit, or an official letter from a local government official proving the death of parent(s) or orphan status. 
    • Copy of birth certificate of the applicant.  
    • Copies of certificates for extracurricular activities, training courses, jobs or commitments (if applicable).  
    • A letter of recommendation from a principal or school teacher. 

This should be inclusive of their email address, phone number and must contain information about your performance and character whilst at secondary school. 

All recommendation letters should contain an official signature or stamp.  

To apply for the Anglophone and Francophone Recruitment, select one of the following three application method

About the Ashinaga African Initiative

Ashinaga is an organization that supports the education of orphaned young people.

The initiative prioritizes funding undergraduate university studies as there are many other organizations, universities, and foundations offering funding for masters degrees.

The scheme is aimed especially at young people. The age limit is set at 23 because students aged 23 or older typically have greater difficulty in obtaining a student visa to study abroad.

Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for application is February 19th, 2021.

Successful applicants will be invited to an assessment day in April 2021.

To ensure sustainability, the initiative is only able to take about one student per country annually. 

Applicants are assessed on their knowledge and aptitude, challenges faced and future planning and initiative. 

Shortlisted candidates will be assessed through an examination and interviews.

The final decisions will be made by Ashinaga and will depend on numerous criteria, including 

  • visa requirements, 
  • language requirements, 
  • academic grades, and 
  • the availability of the student’s desired course of study.

Students without strong grades are unlikely to be successful.  

Successful applicants invited for an assessment where Ashinaga conducts individual interviews and sets an examination to better understand students’ academic abilities and career goals in Sub-Saharan Africa must bring all original academic documents and identification documents to the interview. 

Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the application process.

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