The Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) is an international leadership program that cultivates the next generation of leaders to contribute to the development of sub-Saharan Africa.
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About Ashinaga Africa Initiative 2024 Cohort for Young Africans (AAI)
Ashinaga will select students from each Sub-Saharan African country to participate in a Study Camp in Uganda or Senegal from July to December 2023. Anglophone students will typically attend the Camp in Uganda, with Francophone students attending the Camp in Senegal.
During the Study Camp, students are assisted in their academic preparation, university applications (to either Japan, the U.K., the U.S.A., or Europe), career planning, and leadership development. After completing the Study Camp, the students will progress to a second camp called Preparation Camp.
This happens between April and June 2024. Students prepare for the social, cultural, and academic differences they will discover abroad. Students will then proceed to university in August or September of 2024. All of the costs for both camps are fully covered by Ashinaga.
The application is open to those who:
- Have lost one or both parents.
- Have completed secondary school and received the results of their national secondary school examination (technical and vocational degrees are not accepted) within the last two years (any date after August 1, 2021, including all of 2022 and 2023) or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results before February 9, 2024.
- Are born after September 1, 2001.
- Do not have the means to attend university abroad without external financial support.
- Are proficient in English, French or Portuguese.
- Regularly ranked in the top 10% of their class during their last 2 or 3 years of secondary school.
- Are able to participate in the two Ashinaga preparatory programs, over the course of one year, before attending university.
- Are committed to returning home, or to Sub-Saharan Africa, and contributing 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.
The AAI helps students access full financial support to study abroad. The support covers the first possible qualification that can be earned, and the costs of a foundation or preparatory course will also be covered if required.
This ensures that everyone who applies has the opportunity to access the program, regardless of their current level of education or experience. It also helps level the playing field for those who may not have had the same access to quality education or resources.
- Photo or scan of at least one of the following documents; Passport, National ID Card or Birth Certificate
- Photo or scan of your most recent Secondary School Term report or transcript
- Photo or scan of your final Secondary School Examination Results Certificate (if applicable)
How to Apply for Ashinaga Africa Initiative 2024 Cohort
Applicants who are interested should first read the complete details about the program on the official announcement page before starting their application. It is important to keep in mind that the application deadline is January 12, 2024.