Ashinaga Senegal: an office for francophone Africa
In addition to the Ashinaga office in Kampala, Uganda, which has been open since 2001, Ashinaga opened an office in Dakar, Senegal in 2015. Ashinaga Senegal has two main activities: local scholarship programmes for young, orphaned Senegalese students, and the organisation of the preparatory year for francophone students from Sub-Saharan Africa who have been selected for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative.
Ashinaga Africa Initiative
The Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) is an academic leadership programme that aims to provide an opportunity for higher education at the world’s leading institutions to orphaned students from Sub-Saharan Africa. The goal of the programme is to support future leaders who will contribute to the development of their home countries after graduation. One outstanding student from each Sub-Saharan African country will be selected to join the programme every year. Ashinaga provides these students with training, opportunities and finances necessary to study at academic institutions around the world.
Before starting their studies, francophone AAI-students complete a preparatory year at Ashinaga Senegal which is divided into a Study Camp and Prep Camp.
Students selected for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative participate in the Study Camp, lasting from four to six months depending on their future language of study (French, English or Japanese). This camp provides AAI-students with individual academic and professional support (academic orientation, specific courses for their field of study), and personal support (emotional support, development of leadership skills). This allows them to acquire all the necessary skills for the success of their studies abroad.
After Study Camp, Ashinaga Senegal organises a Prep Camp for AAI-students who will study in French or Japanese. The objective of this camp is to prepare them for the social, cultural and academic differences they will encounter during their studies abroad, to accompany them in administrative procedures and to continue strengthening their leadership skills. The AAI-students who will study in English join the Uganda Prep Camp to further improve their language skills.
During the preparatory year, AAI-students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills, whether by volunteering, taking on responsibilities in the community, or by undertaking larger autonomous projects. In 2017, for example, AAI-students raised funds and awareness for the situation of Talibé; children attending Koranic schools who are sometimes forced to beg by their religious teachers.
All students of the Ashinaga Africa Initiative are between the ages of 17 and 22, have lost one or both parents, are in possession of the general baccalaureate and wish to study abroad in order to dedicate their future careers to the development of Sub-Saharan Africa. They are selected through a rigorous selection process.
My name is Awa and I am 19 years old. I lost my father when I was only 3 years old, but thanks to my mother I was able to finish high school. In September 2016, thanks to Ashinaga, I began my studies in biochemistry at l’Institut Sup’Biotech in Paris. My dream is to conduct research on agriculture that utilizes biotechnology, and, eventually, to found an institute of science and technology for women in Senegal. One of the things that motivates me is putting an end to the discrimination that women face on a daily basis. Awa (Senegal)
AAI-students are supported by multilingual interns from prestigious universities. These interns provide general courses (Study Skills, Computer Skills, etc.), and specific courses (Mathematics, International Relations, etc.) adapted to the academic needs of the candidates. The interns also accompany them in the creation of the students’ academic and professional projects.
Local scholarship programs
For university students
In 2016 Ashinaga Senegal launched the programme Taxawu Jàng Universitaire (“Support to education” in Wolof), which offers scholarships for Senegalese students who wish to study at a private university in Dakar. A pedagogic and emotional follow-up is in place in order to support these students, and to ensure their professional development and integration into the job market once graduated. Ashinaga Senegal furthermore helps them develop their leadership skills by supporting their community projects, such as, the cleaning, reforestation and installation of a water pump in the courtyard of a primary school in Dakar in 2019.
For high school students
In partnership with the Sendai High School in Japan, every year Ashinaga Senegal selects a Senegalese student who has lost one or both parents and who wishes to continue his studies at a high school in Japan. Ashinaga Senegal offers intensive Japanese classes in its office in Dakar and continues to offer support once in Japan.
For primary school students
At the end of 2016, a second scholarship programme called Taxawu Jàng Élémentaire was launched. This programme provides financial support to primary school students aged 6 to 8 who have lost one or both parents. Ashinaga Senegal works in partnership with the schools and guardians of these children, in particular by raising awareness for their respective roles in the children’s education. Diverse educational activities are planned throughout the school year, such as: visits to a forest reserve and theatre workshops with recycled objects.
Ashinaga Senegal opens annually the applications for the scholarship programs detailed above. The office also offers internship opportunities at different times of the year. For more details, you can find all the information on our Facebook page.
General inquiries about Ashinaga Senegal, internship opportunities and the Taxawu Jàng programme may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Inquiries about the Ashinaga Africa Initiative for French-speaking students may be sent to email@example.com
Phone number: +221 (0) 33-864-66-62
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Dakar, B.P. 5081, FANN-DAKAR
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