Published date11 April , 2022
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Ashinaga's mission is to provide education and support to orphaned students globally, helping them overcome obstacles, progress in their education, and become agents of social change.
Ashinaga envisions a world where poverty is eradicated for all orphaned students through increased access to education and professional training.
Ashinaga students and alumni are critical thinkers who challenge the status quo and think outside the box. They use objective analysis and evidence, committed to lifelong learning and humility to re-evaluate their opinions based on new information, and see the bigger picture.
Ashinaga students and alumni exhibit yasashisa, respect, and compassion for others, and embrace on-okuri, paying it forward. Conscious of the kindness they have received, they take it as a reminder to consider others, as a source of motivation to contribute to society. Invested in Africa, they support its countries and communities.
Ashinaga students and alumni pursue their kokorozashi, their vision, or ambition to benefit others upon their return to sub-Saharan Africa. They balance ambition with what is realistic and achievable, taking action and persevering to ensure they finish what they started without relying on others or waiting passively for opportunities.
Ashinaga students and alumni continuously expand their knowledge and develop their professional skills. They appreciate the diversity of our world, engaging with global affairs, and receptive to the opinions, perspectives, and cultures of others. They communicate and collaborate effectively across cultures, building positive and trusting relationships.
The Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) is a global program that aims to train the next generation of leaders who will lead and improve sub-Saharan Africa. The AAI offers comprehensive financial support to students who have lost one or both parents and are committed to returning to sub-Saharan Africa to bring change, innovation, and development. The program is divided into three stages.
In the first stage, selected students from each sub-Saharan African country to attend a Study Camp in Uganda or Senegal, where they receive academic preparation, assistance with university applications, career planning, and leadership development. After the Study Camp, students proceed to a Preparation Camp, where they prepare for the cultural, social, and academic differences they will encounter abroad. Ashinaga fully covers all the costs during both camps. Students who want to join the Japanese language track will focus on intensive Japanese language learning throughout the Study Camp and then move to Japan to spend one or two years at a language school before beginning their university studies.
In the second stage, the AAI provides full financial support to study abroad, covering the first possible qualification that can be earned. If required, the costs of a foundation or preparatory course will also be covered. Scholars participate in a mandatory internship in their home country or sub-Saharan Africa and join Ashinaga's leadership development programs.
In the third stage, scholars are required to return to their home countries or sub-Saharan Africa within four years after graduation and contribute to their region for at least one year while providing Ashinaga with information about their activity and residency. The AAI does not accept applications from students who wish to pursue a second degree or master's degree.
Eligibility Criteria for 2023 Application
The Ashinaga Africa Initiative application process is open to those who:
Ashinaga's recruitment process does not discriminate based on gender, race, ethnic background, culture, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or any other factors.
The registrations for AAI 2023 have now been closed. To receive updates about the next application cycle opening in August, individuals can sign up for the mailing list through this link: https://form.jotform.com/AshinagaAAI/2023-aai-mailing-list.
To apply for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative, there are two stages to complete.
Stage 1: Applicant Registration
To confirm eligibility for the program, all applicants must first register for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) initiative. The programme application form will only be sent to those who are eligible, and this decision is based on the criteria provided, as well as the applicant's academic record. Applicants are expected to meet a certain academic level in order to participate in the leadership program.
Stage 2: Application
Once deemed eligible, applicants will receive an email with a link to the program application form within one month of registration. We strongly encourage applicants to apply online.
Steps to Apply:
**If you are receiving your examination results in February 2022, we will ask you to send your examination certificate as soon as possible after you receive it.
Note: All documents must be submitted in French or English if possible. The Gregorian (Western) calendar should be used to fill in the application.