Mastercard Foundation

Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) Uganda Chapter in partnership with the Forum for African Women Educationalists Regional Secretariat (FAWE RS) and the MasterCard Foundation are implementing, an eight-year (2016 – 2024) Higher Education Access Program to enable 300 young women and men (70% female and 30% male)  from economically disadvantaged regions of Uganda access, and transition through higher education and secure employment in sectors that contribute to the development of their communities and country.
The Higher Education Access Program (HEAP) is focused on providing bursaries to 300 academically able students from economically disadvantaged regions and districts of Uganda;  to access and complete higher education, design and implement a (pilot)    pre-entry bridging program to provide second chance opportunities for promising students to transition into university degree programs and provide academic and psycho-social support and facilitate pathways for students to internships, industrial practice and employment.
The Chief Guest Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, Minister of Science Technology & Innovation, Mr. Peter Materu, Director of Education, Livelihoods and Youth at Mastercard Foundation, Prof. Mary Okwakol Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education, ED FAWE Africa and Uganda, other Guests and Program Participants at the Launch of the Higher Education Access Program in Uganda.
Why partner with the MasterCard Foundation
Through FAWE, MasterCard Foundation is sponsoring 334 students in a bid to bridge the gap between the poor and rich. The foundation works with visionary organizations to provide greater access to education, skills training and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Africa.
As one of the largest, independent foundations, its mission is to advance learning and promote financial inclusion in order to alleviate poverty. Based in Toronto, Canada, its independence was established by MasterCard when the Foundation was created in 2006.
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is developing Africa’s next generation of leaders. The program allows students whose talent and promise exceed their financial resources to complete their education. With a vision that education is a catalyst for social and economic change, the program focuses on developing leaders who are trans-formative, encouraging them to be active contributors in their communities. The Program provides financial, social, and academic support to Scholars. Financial support includes, but is not limited to, tuition fees, accommodation, books, and other scholastic materials.
  • Launch and Roll-out of the Higher Education Access Certificate (HEAC) Curriculum
On 25th July, 2019 FAWE Uganda in partnership with the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) launched the Higher Education Access Certificate (HEAC) Curriculum. The curriculum was designed to build firm foundation in academic knowledge, skills and attitudes of the students through innovative teaching and learning experiences.  It is a short intensive course designed to assist students who may not meet the assumed knowledge requirements of a course or who may not be confident with their preparation for university studies; hence providing an additional a venue for them to access higher education in Uganda.
To date, 60 (23F and 37M) program participants have been enrolled on the HEAC program at Busitema University and 30 (20M and 10F) Lecturers/ Facilitators were trained and are supporting students at Busitema University. FAWE Uganda is currently implementing the program in the 3 partner Universities of Busitema, Gulu and Mbarara University of Science and Technology and it is also open to other private educations in the country, and open to both Ugandan citizens and the global community.
The Chief Guest Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education, Mrs. Martha Muhwezi, the Chief Executive Officer of FAWE Africa, Mrs. Atim Mugenyi the FAWE Uganda Board Chairperson, Mrs. Susan Opok Tumusiime, the FAWE Uganda Executive Director & other guests posing for a group photo at the launch of the HEAC
  • Launch and Roll-out of the Extended Orientation Program (EOP)
From inception, FAWE Uganda has been implementing the Extended Orientation Program (EOP) to support students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds settle in, compete favorably and successfully complete their studies at the various institutions of higher learning. They are taken through topics such as financial literacy, communication and life skills, career mapping, conflict resolution, higher education familiarization environment and, gender roles and responsibilities. Psychosocial and counseling support is provided to build self-esteem, instill academic discipline and ability to overcome challenges of life including; sexual and gender based harassment/violence while at school.
All the 334 (206F and 128M) program participants have been successfully empowered with skills in leadership, knowledge on financial management and computer use. This has enabled them fully settle and compete favorably with the rest of the students in university. They are able to effectively budget and manage their finances prudently, socialize and behave well at both university and beyond.  To date, 60% of the program participants have taken up leadership roles at various institution including representation at guild councils, group and class associations.
HEAP Beneficiaries
The Chief Guest, Prof. George Lada Openjuru, the Vice Chancellor of Gulu University, Mrs. Irene Kiiza-Onyango, the FAWE Uganda Board Member and other guests posing for a group photo with the Program Participants at the closure of the extended orientation program Session at Gulu University.
  • Mentor-ship and Psycho-social Support for Program Participants
A total of 26 program participants (14F and 12M); another 17 from the 5 partner institutions of learning and 9 FAWE Uganda staff were empowered with mentoring skills. This helped build their self-esteem, academic discipline in order to overcome challenges of life while at school to guarantee higher completion rates.
  • Program Participants Giving Back to the Community
295 (226F and 69M) program participants from the 5 partner institutions participated in the international MasterCard foundation give back day during the month of November 2019. Learners engaged in a number of activities including; visiting prisons, donation of basic necessities like salt, sugar and basins to the less privileged, and sensitization of the public on Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in communities.  This has resulted to the formation and strengthening of give back associations at institutions and district level.