Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) Leadership Programme South Africa 2021 – 2022
ABOUT THE COMPANY – ASHINAGA
Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) Leadership Programme South Africa | Ashinaga was formed by Yoshiomi Tamai, after losing his mother in a traffic accident. The companies goal is to provides 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 orphaned students, to pursue undergraduate university studies abroad.
ABOUT THE AAI LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME – FIELDS COVERED & COVERAGE VALUE
The Ashinaga Africa Initiative is open to students from most African countries, who have completed or are completing high school and have lost 1 or both parents. The AAI invites students with excellent academic records, to apply for funding to study abroad, towards an undergraduate qualification in any field. 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.
The programme will provide cover for the following expenses: tuition, accommodation, travel expenses and other necessary expenses.
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 a citizen of any of these African 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
- You must have been born any time after 1 September 1999
- You must have lost 1 or both of your parents
- You must have no dependents who may interfere with your studies
- You must be in good health (to be able to study abroad)
- You must have completed secondary school OR you must be currently in secondary school
- You must have received your national secondary school exam results within the last 2 years OR you must receive your final exam results by 28 February 2022 (NOT technical and vocational degrees)
- 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 in the top 10% of your class (during the last 2 to 3 years of secondary school)
- You must be willing and able to partake in 2 Ashinaga preparatory programs, before attending university (programs will take place in 1 years)
- 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
Please 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:
Students from Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe (Portuguese-speaking), must apply here: AAI Leadership Application 2022 for Portuguese students.
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).
NB: students must download and read the AAI Applicant Guidebook as it contain a lot of essential information
If you are invited to apply, you will be required to submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form, so ensure you have them ready (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):
- ID document, Passport or 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)
- Recommendation letter from a school teacher or principal indicating your performance and character at secondary school (including their contact number, 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
CLOSING DATE FOR THE AAI LEADERSHIP
15 October 2021 (at midnight GMT) (for students from Lusophone Africa countries: Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe and Mozambique).
28 January 2022 (at midnight GMT) (for students from all other countries).
(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:
Contact page: https://www.ashinaga.org/en/contact-us/
Read the AAI FAQ’s before submitting any queries
NSFAS National Student Financial Aid Schemes
NSFAS: What is NSFAS?
NSFAS, or National Student Financial Aid Scheme, was established according to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme Act of 1999 and incorporated the Tertiary Education Fund of South Africa (TEFSA), which stopped operating in 2000.