Ashinaga Africa Initiative international leadership program 2022 for youths in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Ashinaga Africa Initiative international leadership program 2022 for youths in sub-Saharan Africa. 

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.

AAI Scholars have lost one or both parents and are committed to returning to sub-Saharan Africa to initiate change, innovation, and development. The AAI provides access to full financial support to study at university abroad (equivalent to an undergraduate degree), including tuition, room, travel costs and other necessary fees.  The programme has three stages 

1. Study Camp and Preparation Camp 

Ashinaga will select students from each Sub-Saharan African country to participate in a Study Camp in Uganda or Senegal from July to December 2022, subject to confirmation given the continued disruption of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Anglophone students will normally 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 betweenApril and June 2023; although the dates are subject to confirmation. Students meet again to prepare for the social, cultural, and academic differences they will discover abroad. Students will then proceed to university in August or September of 2023. All of the costs during both camps are fully covered by Ashinaga.  

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Students who wish to join our Japanese language track, in which they study in the Japanese language at a university in Japan, will follow a similar schedule, however, they will focus on intensive Japanese language learning throughout theStudy Camp. After the Study Camp, they will move to Japan to spend one or two years at a language school prior to starting their university studies.  

2. During University 

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. Ashinaga has regional offices to support students during studies in Japan, the U.K., the U.S.A., France and Brazil. Scholars will participate in a mandatory internship in their home country or Sub-Saharan Africa and join Ashinaga’s leadership development programmes. The AAI does not accept applications from students who wish to study for a second degree or master’s degree.  

3. After Graduation 

Scholars have the responsibility to return to their home countries or Sub-Saharan Africa within four years after graduating and contribute to the country/region while living there for at least one year. They will have to contact Ashinaga during this period to provide information about their activity and residency. 

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Requirements (2022)

Requirements (2022) Applicants must:

  • Have lost one or both parents.
    Have completed secondary school and received the results of their national secondary school examination (technical and vocational degrees not accepted) within the last two years (any date after 2nd August 2019, including all of 2020 and 2021) or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results before February 28th, 2022.
    Be born after 1st September 1999.
    Not have the means to attend university abroad without external financial support.
    Be proficient in English, French or Portuguese.
    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.
Documents (2022)
This is a list of the documents you will need to submit as part of your application:

Applicant  Registration  
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 High School Term Report/Transcript
Photo or scan of your final High School Examination Results Certificate (if applicable)**

**For students receiving their examination results in February 2022, we will ask you to send your examination certificate as soon as possible after you have received it.

Full Application   
Passport style photograph
Passport or National ID Card
Birth certificate of applicant.
Death certificate of deceased parent(s), including the deceased parent’s name, or alternative official documentation proving death of parent(s) or orphan status.
All term reports / secondary school transcripts from the last 2 years.
Final secondary school examination certificate, showing grades in each subject*
A letter of recommendation from a principal or schoolteacher. 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.
Academic transcripts or other results from university (if applicable).
Certificates for extracurricular activities, training courses, jobs or other commitments (if applicable).

Countries (2022)
Applicants must have citizenship and have completed/are completing high school in one of the following countries:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, CAR,
Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Kingdom of eSwatini, 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.

Selection Process (2022) Applications for all countries will be assessed after the application deadline, and successful applicants will be invited to a final assessment. During this assessment, Ashinaga conducts individual interviews and sets an examination to better understand students’ academic abilities and career goals in Sub-Saharan Africa. Students 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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How to Apply

There are two stages to the Ashinaga Africa Initiative application process;  

  1. Applicant Registration: all applicants must first confirm their eligibility by registering for the programme. Only students who register for the programme and are deemed eligible will receive the application form by email. Each decision about an applicant’s eligibility is based on the criteria outlined above and their academic record. Our expectations for the academic record of an applicant reflects the academic level we expect students to have in order thrive as part of our intensive leadership programme.
  1. 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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We strongly recommend applying online.  

Step 1: Create a new account using the ‘Register’ button at the top of this page.

Step 2: You will receive an e-mail (please check spam/junk box) with instructions to begin your registration.

Step  3: Complete your Eligibility Profile to confirm you are eligible for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative.

Step 4: Follow the instructions to complete the applicant registration form.


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