29 December 2009

Uganda: Seventy Fawe Scholarships Up for Grabs

Kampala — THE Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) has 70 scholarships for vulnerable children from selected districts in the east and northern parts of the country.

The beneficiaries should hail from Acholi and Lango regions or Bugiri, Kapchorwa, Bukedea, Bukwo and Manafwa districts. They must have completed Senior One, but are financially constrained to join Senior Two in 2010, according to the FAWE Uganda programme officer Christine Karungi.

Karungi says 49 scholarships shall be for girls, while 21 are for boys.

FAWE is a pan-African non-governmental organisation formed in 1993 to address the appaling state of girls' education in Africa as a strategy towards achieving education for all.

The Uganda Chapter (FAWEU) was established in 1997 through the joint effort of the Ministry of Education and Sports and Makerere University, with a mission to ensure that girls and women are an integral part of the intellectual and technical resource base needed for the development of Uganda. "We have, over the years, given scholarships to over 4,000 beneficiaries," Karungi says.

"Originally, we supported only girls, but we brought boys on board last year after realising that some of them were also needy and vulnerable," she adds.

Karungi says the above beneficiary regions and districts were chosen based on FAWE statistics which showed that they were not only underdeveloped, but also had no affirmative action yet their educational levels were low.

Prospective beneficiaries must submit a handwritten application explaining why they should be supported. The application should then be accompanied by recommendations from the school head teacher and the LC 1 chairperson of their area of residence.

They should also attach a photocopy of their Primary leaving Examination results, a photocopy of two recent report cards and a copy of their identity card.

The applications should be delivered to FAWEU in Kampala.

The deadline for receiving the applications is January 15, 2010.

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