Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) Leadership Programme South Africa 2023 – 2024
ABOUT THE COMPANY – ASHINAGA
Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) Leadership Programme South Africa | Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) Leadership Programme South Africa | Ashinaga was formed by Yoshiomi Tamai, after losing his mother in a traffic accident. The company’s goal is to provide financial support and emotional care to youth from across the world, who have lost 1 or both parents. Since the organisation was formed, it has supported over 110 000 orphaned students, to help them further their education.
The Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) was formed in 2014, with the goal of providing financial support to orphaned students, to pursue undergraduate university studies abroad.
ABOUT THE AAI LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME – FIELDS COVERED | COVERAGE VALUE
Ashinaga is inviting students to apply for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative Leadership Programme, for the 2023 academic year..
The Ashinaga Africa Initiative is a scholarship for studying abroad, towards an undergraduate qualification in any field. The programme is aimed at students from Sub-Saharan African countries, who have lost 1 or both parents.
Students must be committed to returning to sub-Saharan Africa to initiate change, innovation, and development. The country of study will be decided by Ashinaga and the student, during the Ashinaga Study Camp – it will depend on academic grades, availability of the course of study, language requirements and visa requirements.
ABOUT THE AAI LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME – EXPENSES COVERED | STAGES
The programme will provide cover for the following expenses: tuition, accommodation, travel expenses and other necessary expenses. The programme also covers all costs during the Study Camp and Preparation Camp.
The programme is made up of 3 stages:
1. Study Camp and Preparation Camp: selected students will participate in a Study Camp in Uganda or Senegal from July to December 2022. The Study Camp aims to assist candidates with their academic preparation, university applications (to Japan, the United Kingdom, Europe, or the USA), as well as career planning and leadership development.
The Preparation Camp will then take place between April and June 2024, to prepare students for the social, cultural, and academic differences they will encounter when studying abroad. Students will then proceed to university in August or September of 2024.
2. During University: the programme helps students access full financial support to study abroad, towards the first possible qualification that can be earned. Students will be required to partake in an internship in their home country or Sub-Saharan Africa and join Ashinaga’s leadership development programmes.
3. After Graduation: scholars will be required to return to their home country or Sub-Saharan Africa, to contribute to the country/region and live there for a minimum duration of 1 year.
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ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AAI LEADERSHIP
Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):
- You must have been born after 1 September 2000
- You must have lost 1 or both of your parents
- You must a citizen of any of these African countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, CAR, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kingdom of Swaziland, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Seychelles, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
- You must have completed secondary school and have received the results of your national Secondary School examination (NOT technical and vocational degrees) within the last two years (anytime after 2 August 2020) or will have completed Secondary School and received your final exam results before 28 February 2022
- You must be in the top 10% of your class (during the last 2 to 3 years of secondary school)
- You must have completed high school or are currently in your final year of high school, in one of the countries above
- You must wish to study abroad, towards an undergraduate university qualification
- You must lack the financial means to attend university abroad without external funding
- You must be fluent in English, French or Portuguese
- You must be willing and able to partake in 2 Ashinaga preparatory programs, before attending university (programs will take place in 1 year)
- You must intend to return to your home country (or to Sub-Saharan Africa) within 4 years after graduation, where you will contribute to society in Sub-Saharan Africa
- You must have no dependents who may interfere with your studies
- You must be in good health (to be able to study abroad)
Note: students will NOT be selected based on race, ethnic background, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or any other factors not mentioned above.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE AAI LEADERSHIP
The Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) Leadership Programme has 2 steps to apply:
Step 1: Register on the AAI Leadership Registration page.
You will be required to submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation when registering your profile (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):
- Passport/ ID Card/ Birth certificate
- Most recent High School Term Report/ Transcript
- Final High School Examination Results Certificate (if applicable)
Lusophone students/ Portuguese-speaking students must apply here: AAI Leadership Application for Portuguese students.
Enter “otagouni.com” in the field asking how you heard about the AAI Leadership Programme.
Step 2: students who are deemed eligible by Ashinaga will receive an email with the application form. Students will receive the application email within 1 month after registering – if you do not receive the email, then you have not been invited to apply (be sure to check your spam or junk box in your email account).
Candidates who pass step 1 and are invited to apply, will be required to submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):
- ID document or Passport or Birth certificate (copy only)
- Birth certificate (copy only)
- Photograph (passport style)
- All term reports or secondary school transcripts from the past 2 years
- Final secondary school certificate (with results for each subject) (if you will only be receiving your examination results in February 2022, please send your examination certificate as soon as possible after you have received it)
- Recommendation letter from a school teacher or principal indicating your performance and character at secondary school (including their contact number, and email address and must be stamped or signed)
- Academic transcripts or official university results (if applicable)
- Certificates of extracurricular activities, training courses, jobs or other commitments (if applicable)
- Death certificate of deceased parent/ parents or another official documentation proving parents’ death or orphan status
APPLICATION NOTES ABOUT THE AAI LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME
- Applicants should download and read the AAI Applicant Guidebook (.pdf) before applying, as it contains a lot of important information.
- Ensure that you have all your documents together before applying. If your application is late or if any documents are missing, it could result in your application being disqualified. If you are having difficulty obtaining a certain document, please contact the AAI Selection Team as soon as possible to explain your situation.
- Ensure that the scanned copies of your documents are clear and legible.
- Make sure that the personal information on your application (name, date of birth, etc), is an exact match to your official documents.
- Shortlisted applicants will be notified in March 2022.
- Ashinaga Assessments (interview and exam) will take place from late March to early April 2022.
- Final selection results will be announced in late May 2022.
- Selected applicants will prepare for Study Camp in Uganda or Senegal in June 2022.
- Study Camp will start in July 2022.
CLOSING DATE FOR THE AAI LEADERSHIP
20 January 2023 at 12:00GMT (for registration – step 1 of the application)
5 February 2022 (for completion of your application – step 2 of the application)
(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)
CONTACT THE PROGRAMME PROVIDER
For any queries related to this scholarship programme, please contact the AAI directly:
Read the AAI FAQs (at the bottom of the page) before submitting any queries.
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