OUR PROJECTS

Our Projects

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Education is a fundamental ingredient towards achieving sustainable economic development and improving the standard of living in Africa. It maximises an individual’s full potential and allows them to participate equally as global citizens. We have chosen to centre our efforts on people from financially disadvantaged backgrounds and young women. We believe in providing equal access to quality education to young people from financially disadvantaged backgrounds and also believe that the gender parity gap should be improved and closed.

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The African Dream Scholarship Fund addresses a critical area in Africa – lack of quality education for young people from low socio-economic backgrounds. According to UNESCO, challenges to higher education participation are worse in sub-Sahara Africa than other regions. The barriers to school attendance at secondary and university level are similar to those at primary level, but are intensified.  The cost of schooling is often higher and more difficult for families to afford. As a result, secondary and university education are reserved for a privileged fraction of the population. In the majority of countries for example, less than half of secondary school aged adolescents are enrolled in secondary school. This estimate worsens for university, with transition rates being as low as 4% in some countries. Furthermore, for the few that are attaining higher education, employment opportunities are scarce despite many countries recording economic growth. Post-primary education is essential in the transition from secondary school and into the workplace, and ultimately removing young people from poverty and improving economic equality.

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The African Dream Leadership Program is an expansion of our educational activities and operates as a separate program to The African Dream Benefit. It addresses the challenges of leadership in the development of Africa. Development problems in Africa are complex and their resolution depend on the capacity of people to understand what is happening around them both internally and externally. It is therefore important for individuals to possess enhanced ability, in order for them to take appropriate and significant strides toward addressing the issues and be able to cope with a variety of challenges. The Leadership Program is themed “Aspiring to Lead, Leading to Inspire”  and is delivered in two parts. One part is the Forum, which engages 100-120 aspiring young leaders. Participation is by invitation and participants are recruited from the pool of existing scholarship recipients, as well as students from various schools and universities, with which we partner. The Leadership Forum is delivered by keynote speakers and skilled facilitators. The second part of the program is the Intensive Leadership Program that engages 15-25 students in a 3 day program. To find out more, visit the website.

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The African Dream Benefit takes this idea further. Children not only deserve a basic education, but they have the right to a quality and relevant education that will enable them to achieve our dreams despite their financial circumstances.

Today, high levels of poverty continue to deny many children access to quality education. This inadequate access creates economic, social and political barriers for young people and stunts future economic growth within the African continent.

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