A new office for francophone Africa
In July 2015, Ashinaga opened a new office in Dakar, which joins our Ashinaga Uganda office in Kampala (established in 2001). Ashinaga Senegal manages the Study Camp for our francophone students, preparing them for higher education abroad as part of the Ashinaga Africa Initiative. The facility in Dakar also engages in numerous projects to support the local community. Ashinaga Senegal works to develop Ashinaga’s francophone network across Africa, while also carrying out research into how best to respond to the needs of the region.
The Study Camp in Dakar brings together francophone students from numerous African countries. The students undertake a five-month program to prepare themselves for their studies abroad in France, Belgium, or Canada. They develop study skills, leadership, and community engagement, as well as gain a deeper understanding of their field of specialty. Through this program, they benefit from individually tailored mentoring to ensure their success in entering higher education.
All of our activities take place at our Kokoro-Juku—a bespoke center where students can stay, learn, and develop their skills. Located in the center of cosmopolitan Dakar, it is well positioned to act as a home for our students as they progress through the Ashinaga Africa Initiative.
The name comes from the similar facilities established and run by Ashinaga in Japan, with juku meaning “academy” and kokoro combining the concepts of heart and mind. This comes together to encapsulate the philosophy of these buildings—not just as a place of academic learning, but also for the development of the heart and mind.
All of the students at our Study Camp are between the ages of 17 and 22, have lost one or both parents, have obtained their baccalaureate, and hope to study abroad in order to dedicate their future careers to the development of Sub-Saharan Africa. They have been chosen through a rigorous selection process that values determination, academic acumen, and strength in the face of adversity.
My name is Zeguine Ismael. I am 20 years old and come from Burkina Faso. I am an orphan after having lost my father at 15 years old, but I continued my studies until I obtained my baccalaureate despite the financial difficulties that followed. I hope to study law and political sciences as I want to work in international organizations in which Burkina Faso is represented in order to defend its interests. My fascination with law is also born out of the constant injustices within my country and my urge to act against them.
Ismael (Burkina Faso)
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.
As part of the Study Camp, all of the students at Ashinaga Senegal volunteer every week with local NGOs in Dakar. Through this voluntary activity, our students are brought closer together and also become further aware of the various issues faced by the local community. Their participation in this community service forms part of their leadership activities and allows them to more actively integrate themselves within Senegalese society. This provides professional experience on the ground that helps them better understand what they want to do in the future and how to support their own country.
Outside of our Ashinaga Africa Initiative, our office in Dakar offers scholarships for orphans to study at private higher education institutes in Dakar. We also promote and facilitate scholarship opportunities offered to orphaned young people by partner high schools in Japan. We hope to be able to expand both of these programs over the coming years.
From 2016, Ashinaga Senegal has begun further research into the needs of the local community. Through this research, we hope to find effective community-based methods to support orphaned children and single mothers around Dakar.
We aim to eventually provide a range of community projects to support orphaned children and young people of all ages, as well as the local community, how much like we do at our sister facility Ashinaga Uganda.
General enquiries about Ashinaga Senegal can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Enquires about the Ashinaga Africa Initiative for francophone students can 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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