Ashinaga is a Japan-based non-profit organisation, which provides educational and emotional support to orphaned students. Ashinaga has supported over 100,000 orphans over the last 50 years, and many of its graduates are actively contributing to society in a variety of fields across the world.
The Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) began in 2014. Its mission is to contribute to Sub-Saharan Africa’s expanding role in global development by increasing access to higher education abroad. We support orphaned students who are committed to returning home and initiating change by providing access to full financial support to study at university abroad (equivalent to an undergraduate degree), including tuition, room, travel costs and other necessary fees.
- Have lost one or both parents.
- Have completed secondary school and passed the national secondary school examination (technical and vocational degrees not accepted) within the last two years (any date after 1st September 2017, including all of 2018 and 2019) or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results before February 28th, 2020.
- Have citizenship and have completed/are completing high school in one of the following countries: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Kingdom of eSwatini, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- Were born after 1st September 1997.
- Do not have the means to attend university until graduation without external financial support.
- Are proficient in English or French?
- Are regularly ranked in the top 10% of their class during their last 2 or 3 years of secondary school.
- Are able to participate in the two Ashinaga preparatory programs, over the course of one year, before attending university.
- Are committed to return home, or to Sub- Saharan Africa, and contribute to society after graduating from university.
- Have no dependents who could interfere with academic progress.
- Are in good health and capable of studying abroad.
Study Camp and Preparation Camp
Ashinaga will select students from each Sub-Saharan African country to participate in a Study Camp in Uganda or Senegal from July to December 2020. Anglophone students will normally attend the Camp in Uganda, with Francophone
students attending the Camp in Senegal, however, the final decision will be made at the point of selection.
During the Study Camp, students are assisted in their academic preparation, university applications (to either Japan, The U.K., the U.S.A., or Europe), career planning and leadership development. After completing the Study Camp, the
students will progress to a second camp called Preparation Camp. This happens in May and June 2021 after students gain a place at university. Students meet again to prepare for the social, cultural, and academic differences they will discover abroad. Students will then proceed to university in August or September of 2021.
All of the costs during both camps are fully covered by Ashinaga. Students who wish to join our Japanese language track, in which they study in the Japanese language at a university in Japan, will follow a similar schedule, however, they will focus on intensive Japanese language learning throughout both Camps.
Following the camps in Africa, they will move to Japan to spend one or two years at a language school prior to starting their full university studies.
The AAI helps students access full financial support to study abroad. The support covers the first possible qualification that can be earned, and the costs of a foundation or preparatory course will also be covered if required. Ashinaga
has regional offices to support students during studies in Japan, the U.K., the U.S.A., and France. Scholars will participate in a mandatory internship in their home country or Sub-Saharan Africa and join Ashinaga’s leadership development programmes. AAI does not select students who wish to study for a second degree or master’s degree.
Scholars are required to return to their home country or the region of Sub-Saharan Africa within five years after graduation
and contribute to the country/region while living and being a resident there for at least a total of four years within the nine-year period after graduating. They will have to contact Ashinaga at least once a year to confirm and provide proof of
their activity and residency during this period. If Scholars fail to return, they are required to refund the costs of the financial support they are given in order to fund other AAI Scholars.