Thursday, June 30, 2011

USAID Education for Marginalized Children of Kenya

Having improved education for nearly a million children in rural areas, USAID/Kenya is now boosting education in informal settlements in Nairobi and Mombasa.

“Many schools in informal urban settlements are ‘non-formal’ or ‘community’ schools. But just because they are not ‘government’ schools does not mean that those pupils do not deserve well-trained teachers, a good learning environment, and the opportunity to succeed, both academically and professionally,” said USAID/Kenya Mission Director, Erna Kerst.

The first settlement to benefit from this program expansion are Mukuru in Nairobi and Mwokoeni near Mombasa. Reading for young children will be the main objective.

Education is a centerpiece of the Kenyan Government’s Vision 2030. Since 2003, the government introduced free primary education. This increased primary school enrollment by nearly three million pupils. As a result, the number of schools grew by more than 7,000.

Still, nearly a million children remain out of primary school. Only one in four of official secondary-school age is enrolled due to cultural practices and poverty.


USAID Education for Marginalized Children of Kenya (EMACK II) is a $17.8 million program that hasbeen in operation in Kenya since 2006. Implemented by the Aga Khan Foundation(AKF), EMACK II has been working in partnership with other non-governmental organizations, community based organizations and the Ministry of Education to increase pre-school and primary school opportunities for the marginalized children. The focus has been in the North Eastern and Coastal regions of Kenya.

EMACK II trains teachers in large class management, active learning and preparation of teaching materials as well as guidance and counseling.This strengthens teachers' ability to work with students from marginalized populations to improve their learning outcomes.

EMACK II’s key strategy is the “Whole School Approach”: parents, other community members, and teachers talk and work together for the benefit of the children. They pinpoint challenges, come up with solutions, create and implement school strategic plans to improve the quality of education students get at the schools.

“By 2014, EMACK II expects increased use of School Development Plans by School Management Committees - to better manage school resources and to leverage Constituency Development Funds (CDF) and Local Authority Transfer Fund (LATF) funding,” said Kerst.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

KU Postgraduate Scholarships

KU Postgraduate Scholarships
The University will give TWENTY (20) postgraduate scholarships to
cover tuition for the Masters programme. These scholarships will
be awarded to graduate students admitted in September
2011/2012 academic year and will be based on proven high
academic performance. The application is made through the
Dean, Graduate School.
Download the Application form

KUSA Scholarships

There are TEN (10) PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS for tuition for full
time students who must have been in session in the previous
semester. The scholarship will cover 25% tuition costs beginning
the academic year September 2011/2012 for students with
proven high performance and genuine need of financial

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Kenyatta University OVS Scholarships 2011/2012

OVS Scholarships
Kenyatta University is offering TWENTY TWO (22) SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE STUDENTS (OVS) from Kenya seeking to pursue undergraduate degrees at KU. The scholarships will cover the full tuition cost beginning the academic year 2011/2012 for OVS who have already been admitted to KU

REQUIREMENTS: MINIMUM C+ Mean grade in 2009 OR 2010 KCSE

NOTE: Application Procedure
All interested applicants must submit the following to the KU
th Financial Aid Office by July 15 2011:
Application letter, filled application form, certified copies of
relevant certificates/transcripts, reference letter by
Principal/Head Teacher or chief/pastor; and a short essay of 400
words on why you deserve the scholarship

Download the undergraduate application form here

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African Canadian Continuing Education Society – ACCES scholarships

The ACCES project is located in Kenya in the Kakamega District of Western Province. Kakamega is located 250 km northwest of Nairobi, about 30 km from Lake Victoria.
Since 1993, ACCES donors have enabled more than 1200 high school graduates to continue their education, and so to embark upon a career.
All of the students are trained within Kenya. ACCES donors have helped each one by donating $600 per year or $50 per month to cover tuition fees and accommodation.
Contact #137 – 970 Burrard Street. Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada V6Z 2R4 – Ph. 604-688-4880
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Kenya Scholarships for African Missionaries

The Lutheran Church has it in its creed the urge to help those who want to know the word more.

The available scholarship is in the region of : $14,000
In our strategy of equipping national pastors and evangelists to carry on the work of the church, we are able to identify leaders in specific areas who need further training. This project enables us to send men to various Lutheran institutions to increase their learning and understanding in order to help the local church grow. These places include:

1. Matango Theological Seminary, Kenya – This was established many years ago by Swedish missionaries in Western Kenya and is used by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kenya to train their pastors. The staff is made up of Swedish missionaries, Kenya pastors, and visiting theologians, often from the United States. Currently, this is a four-year program, but there are plans to expand it to make it a degree program.
2. Kapenguria Bible School, Kenya – This is a program established by Norwegian missionaries to train evangelists for the Lutheran church. Some of the teaching is done in Swahili which is more helpful for Kenyans, but can be a problem for students from Sudan or other places.
3. Atemo Bible School, Kenya – This is a 2-year program to train evangelists in the Lutheran Church, run by the ELCK. The teaching is done in English.
4. The seminary in Tanzania – Four students are finishing their last year.
5. Nekempta Seminary in Ethiopia – We are sponsoring students at a school run by Mekane Yesus.

Prayer needs: Pray for wisdom in deciding scholarship recipients and for their future work in the church. Pray for the students to do well in learning about the Bible and doctrine to be equipped for leadership and sharing the Gospel. Pray for the schools, that they may continue to be supported and staffed well.
Mailing Address for LCMS World Mission
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Attn: LCMS World Mission
1333 S Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-7295
Phone Numbers for LCMS World Mission St. Louis Metro:
Toll-free: 800-433-3954
Or: 800-254-9495 For Mission Resources
Fax: 314-965-0959


The Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies.
Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant: 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July.

The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master's level courses but is also willing to consider applications for PhD programmes, when doctoral degrees are necessary for the career objectives of the student.
Requests will also be considered for travel and study awards for PhD students doing their research in Third World countries on topics judged to be of interest to the Aga Khan Development Network.

Geographic Scope:
The Foundation accepts applications from countries where it has branches, affiliates or other AKDN agencies which can help with processing applications and interviewing applicants. At present, these are include Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda etc.

Selection Criteria:
The main criteria for selecting award winners are:
l) Excellent academic records,
2) Genuine financial need,
3) Admission to a reputable institution of higher learning and
4) Thoughtful and coherent educational and career plans.
Candidates are also evaluated on their extra-curricular interests and achievements, potential to achieve their goals and likelihood to succeed in a foreign academic environment.

Age Limit:
Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.

Financial Assistance:
The Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living expenses only. Preference is given to those who have been able to secure some funding from alternative sources.

Loan Conditions:
Half of the scholarship amount is considered as a loan, which must be reimbursed with an annual service charge of 5%. A guarantor is required to co-sign the loan agreement. The payback period is five years, starting six months after the study period funded by the Aga Khan Foundation.

Application Procedures:
The application procedures of AKF's International Scholarship Programme are decentralised.
Students may obtain application forms as of January 1st each year from AKF offices or Aga Khan Education Services / Boards in their countries of current residence.
Completed applications should be returned to the agency from which the form was obtained, or to the address indicated on the front of the form.
They should not be sent to Geneva. The deadline for submission of applications is March 31.
Applicants should be prepared to be interviewed by local Scholarship Committees about their financial situation, their academic performance, extra-curricular achievements and career plans.
Interview reports are sent with the applications to Geneva for the final selection.
The annual Scholarship Selection Meeting takes place in late June or early July and the Aga Khan Foundation notifies all students of the outcome of their application shortly thereafter.

The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) Scholarships

ThInter university council for East Africa scholarships are applicable to all East Africans in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

The scholarships cover the following areas:-
• Doctor of Philosophy degree in Development Studies
This programme offers three (3) scholarships each year to citizens of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda who wish to pursue studies leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Development Studies in a recognized institution of higher learning in East Africa. Each scholarship covers tuition fees, subsistence allowance, travel, and other related expenses. Successful applicants must study in an institution outside their country of origin.
The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) has been appointed to administer the scholarship programme. This includes advertising of the scholarship in the three member states, conducting interviews, undertaking the selection and placement of the scholarship recipients.
For the purposes of this scholarship ‘Development Studies’ includes the following academic disciplines:
• Development Economics
• Public Policy and Administration
• Banking and Finance
• Business Administration
• Entrepreneurship
• Environment, Development and Policy
• Gender and Development
• Micro-Finance Management
• Science and Technology policy
• Technology and Development
• Law
The initial grant under this scholarship covers the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in any relevant discipline as indicated above.
Application in progress.
The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA)
3rd Floor, EADB Building
P.O. Box 7110 Kampala, Uganda.
Tel: +256-41-256251/2 Fax: +256-41-342007

Kenya Educational Sponsorship Program

The Kenya Educational Sponsorship Program is a brain child of the Fountain Baptist Church that was hatched in 1999 to help the students of Isunguluni Primary school in Kibwezi Kenya.

The Kenya Educational Sponsorship Program (KESP) was established in 2000 under the teaching and leadership of our Pastor via two of God's children, Joe and Rev. Jeanette Goodson, who led by the Holy Spirit developed the KESP and took on the awesome task of leading a group of committed souls to help in the administration of the KESP Ministry in the Isunguluni Village, Kibwezi Kenya. The main objective of KESP is to promote the Great Commission of Jesus Christ while providing the underprivileged children of Kenya with a an opportunity to improve their lives via solid education that will give them the skills they need to become a healthy, strong and successful member of our global community while instilling the importance of using education as a tool for self-reliance and independence. Our philosophy is that "All Things are Possible through Jesus Christ" knowing that "If we give a man a fish he will eat for a day; if we teach a man to fish he will eat for life."

For more information on the Kenya Educational Sponsorship Program, please email Jeanette Goodson at

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Ibrahim Leadership Fellows Programme

The mo Ibrahim Foundation is calling fro applications for fellows for its Ibrahim leadership Fellows Programme

The fellowship offers an annual stipend of $100,000 and an opportunity to work in the executive office of either the African Development bank, THE Un Economic Commission for Africa or the World Trade Organization
The Fellowship is open to young professionals, mid career and new executives up to the age of forty or forty- five for women with children. The Fellows will be nationals of an African country with 7 -10 years of relevant work experience and a masters Degree.

Closing date for application is 31st July 2011
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Acumen Fund East Africa Fellows Program

The acumen fund is here to help build a better society. They have partnered with the KCB Foundation to run the Acumen Fund East Africa Fellows Program
They recently selected and inaugural class of 20 people to the first intensive leadership training in challenging issues facing the region. More such selections will be coming up soon so be on the look out.

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The Aga khan Foundation and Institute of Education Scholarships

The Aga khan Foundation East Africa in collaboration with the Institute of Education, University of London is issuing scholarship for East Africans. These scholarships fall under the commonwealth distance learning scholarships and they are given by the commonwealth scholarship commission in the UK.

The scholarships will cover MA in education and international development, MA in Educational Planning, Economics and international development, MA in Education, Health Promotion and International Development or MA in Education, Gender and International Development. The commencement date is October 2011.
Application and eligibility criteria is found at
The closing date is 8th July 2011. The filled application is to be send to
For more contact
Aga Khan Foundation
East Africa Regional Office
P.O Box $0898-00100
ICEA Building (8th flour) Kenyatta Avenue
Nairobi Kenya

Commonwealth 2011 Distance Learning Scholarships – information for candidates

A number of UK institutions are currently recruiting candidates who wish to be considered for Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for the specific courses listed below. Kenya is a among the commonwealth nations thus canidates from Kenya can apply.Full details of these courses and the application process must be obtained from the institution itself.

Prospective candidates must be citizens of, and live and work in, a developing Commonwealth country and must normally hold an upper second class degree at undergraduate level. Candidates from certain Commonwealth countries will be required to undertake an IELTS test to demonstrate their proficiency in English.

Aberystwyth University – Master’s in Information and Library Studies
Bangor University – Master’s in Forestry
Cardiff University – Master’s in Palliative Medicine and Palliative Care
University of Edinburgh – Master’s in Global Health
Leeds Metropolitan University – Master’s in Responsible Tourism Management
University of Leicester – Master’s in Police Leadership and Management
University of Leicester – Master’s in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – Master’s in Clinical Trials
London South Bank University – Master’s in Education for Sustainability
University of Manchester – Master’s in Public Health
University of Nottingham – Master’s in Education
Open University – Master’s in Development Management
Royal Veterinary College – Master’s in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health
School of Oriental and African Studies – Master’s in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice
University of Sheffield – Master’s in Nursing and Midwifery
University of Stirling – Master’s in Dementia Studies
University of York – Master’s in Public Policy & Management

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Friday, June 24, 2011

The Institute of Education-University of London

The Insitute of education - university of Lonadon has a number of anual scholarships on their website. Many of them are geared for the developing world,of note is the Commonwealth Scholarships. Check them out here


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Undergraduate Scholarships for Kenyan Students at St Lawrence

There is every reason for kenyan students who want to pursue undergarduate degrees abroad to smile.Each year, St Lawrence awards Scholarships to Kenyan students. St Lawrence Scholarship is a full scholarship and pays for tuition, fees, room and board, insurance, books, and miscellaneous expenses.

The Scholarship is typically awarded in "package" form, which includes some combination of grants, merit scholarships, and campus employment.

Students applying for the Kenya Scholarship must complete a copy of the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA).

The ISFAA should be submitted at the same time as your complete application for admission.

Kenyan applicants living in Kenya who are completing the paper version of the application should submit their application and all supporting documentation to the St Lawrence University Kenya Semester Program Office.

Kenyan applicants living in Kenya who are completing the on line version of the application should submit their supporting documentation to the St Lawrence University Kenya Semester Program Office.

Kenyan citizens living outside Kenya should submit their application and supporting documentation to the St Lawrence University Admissions Office in Canton, NY.

Address: St. Lawrence University Kenya Semester Programme,
PO Box 1128, #91 Miotoni Road, 00502 – Karen, Nairobi.
Telephone: 254-20-88-27-94.
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The African Gift That is Zawadi Africa

Zawadi Africa is changing the lives of many young girls across africa by giving them the opportunity to go for their dreams. The daughter of the slain fire brant polititian Tom Mboya famouly known for the air lifts is behing this beautiful endevour

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The Annual EABL Foundation Scholarships is on-until 22nd July 2011

EABL foundation is at it again! The annual EABL foundation scholarships is on and it comes at around this same time (June) every year.
EABL Foundation has announced the commencement of this year’s scholarship application drive that will see 20 new students join private and public universities across East Africa. The scholarship programme is open to bright but needy students across the region wishing to study business, information technology, engineering and food science. This scholarship covers tuition, books, accommodation, monthly stipend and a mentorship programme for those students that are awarded. “We are very conscious of the essential role education plays in the communities in which we operate. We are not only empowering people but also investing in their future and that of their communities,” said EABL group corporate relations director, Brenda Mbathi. EABL Foundation Scholarship program started in 2001 as Guinness Strathmore Scholarships but – was later expanded to cover the entire region in order to allow more students to apply. Successful applicants in the last five years have been accepted to Strathmore University, University of Nairobi, University Dar el Salaam, Makerere University among others. The foundation has set aside Sh19.5 million for this year’s intake. To date, close to 140 students have been awarded with the EABL Foundation scholarships, worth over Sh130 million in the last nine years. Applications for Strathmore will close on 14th June 2011 while those wishing to study engineering or food science in public universities have until 22nd July 2011 to apply.