Levelling the playing field with the 4Afrika Scholarship Program

By Patrick Onwumere, Director of Youth Enablement, Microsoft 4Afrika

For students around the world, no matter background or location, access to quality education can be challenging. In Africa, it’s usually even tougher.  And, when it comes to obtaining a tertiary level qualification, the barriers to entry can seem insurmountable to many young Africans.

These barriers are a huge concern, not only because it means many students aren’t able to follow their career path of choice, but because they impact whole societies. Developing countries require the high-level skills, specialisation, and analytical skills that come with individuals trained at tertiary level. These skills help drive local economies and economic competitiveness in today’s knowledge economy.

This is why I’m so excited about the launch of the Microsoft 4Afrika Scholarship Program, which will provide mentorship, leadership and technical training, certification, university-level education, and employment opportunities to promising African students. Through the 4Afrika Initiative and YouthSpark program, we’ve made our intention clear: to help millions of Africans get critical skills for entrepreneurship and employability. And this Scholarship Program is another example of our strategy in action.

It is fitting that the 4Afrika Scholarship Program, as well as the Program’s first partnership with the University of the People (UoPeople), was officially announced on International Youth Day. Through the UoPeople program, which is the first of what will be several participating higher education institutions, 1000 deserving African students will receive 4Afrika Scholarships. These scholarships will help equip students with the skills to follow a rewarding career path and become valuable contributors to society.

The University of the People is a non-profit online institution, offering associate degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration. Both men and women can apply for the Scholarship Program, but we would like to see these scholarships increase the number of women in these subject fields – so we are encouraging lots of young women to apply.

Students who wish to apply for the first 4Afrika Scholarships to the University of the People must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma and be proficient in English, as the Program’s coursework is English-language. Applications can be submitted on the following site: www.uopeople.org/4afrika. The first 4Afrika Scholarship students will begin classes in November 2013. 

We are looking forward to expanding this program over time, so I encourage all young people to stay tuned for more opportunities that could benefit them by following us on the Microsoft Africa Facebook page, or on @MicrosoftAfrica on Twitter, or checking out www.youth4afrika.com.

Comments (8)

  1. msafrica says:

    Hi Koffi,

    Thanks for your message.

    4Afrika Scholarships to University of the People are only for newly entering students, and those students will be specifically guided toward employment opportunities with MS and our partners. That said, everyone is welcome to apply for internships and other employment opportunities at Microsoft.com/careers.

    Kind regards

    The Microsoft Africa team

  2. koffi kra kouassi adrien says:

    I live in ivory cost and I am already university of the people student. I encourage this intiative , it's very good.

    I hold an associate degree in business administration and I continue my studies to get a bachelor in business administration.I already completed 135/180 credit

    My desire is to have an INTERSHIP  through the microsoft 4 africa project or it placement program with it parteners . this INTERSHIP will help me to learn from professional  and be skill for future challenge in our continent  . please help me to contact people in your organisation who can help me . my email is : kakadjay@yahoo.fr

    IF you want to have more informations , I could send you my degree and all the tofficial transcript I received from university of the people.

    Thank for understanding

    best regards

    koffi kra kouassi adrien

  3. Hadi says:

    I need to join this please help me.

  4. Abebaw says:

    my name is  Abebaw. i am a computer  science  student  in Addis ababa university(ETHIOPIA)

    i need your  help  to learn  in  Microsoft  4Africa.

  5. tumelo says:

    I am a computing graduate….with a bsc (hon) sofwtware engineering with multimedia…..please develop this initiative to cover for graduates

  6. Jama saleban farah says:

    I am  softwerd nd hardwerd Plz develop my Aducation about Computer Nd I was Come from Somalia But I am Just Kenya nairobi Kenya

    Plz Contact Me My Phone 's 254722104338

    Thnx 4africa microsoft

  7. Andrews Lartey says:

    I want to join this program.I am from Ghana.I really want to join in this african computerized revolution and philosophy.Please help me out.It is my desire and interest.I am now about to enter into the tertiary.This is my email..joatandrews@yahoo.com

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