The initiative is aligned with the Foundation’sYoung Africa Works
strategy and the vision for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program to create a transformative network of young people and institutions driving inclusive and equitable socio-economic change in Africa. This initiative will connect young people to educational content that is relevant and context specific through a curriculum that reflects labour market realities, includes courses on transformative leadership and ethics, and prioritizes mental health and well-being. Students will successfully acquire knowledge and be able to fully engage with faculty and course work in a supportive online environment.
COVID-19 provided the impetus to rethink how we conceptualize and deliver education. “Digitally-enabled learning is the wave of the future,” said Philip Cotton, Director, Human Capital Development, Mastercard Foundation. “But for everyone to benefit from this trend, we have to act now to ensure that all young people – irrespective of their background or location— are able to access work-relevant training conveniently and affordably. A big part of that is strengthening the capacity of higher education institutions to deliver online learning.”
Since training began in July 2021, the 135 e-Learning Champions have commenced their learning journey by completing the two-week virtual Master Class for Teaching Online with ASU and have advanced to the next phase, which includes Specialized Coaching tracks in Instructional Design and Online Pedagogy with USIU-Africa.
The partners participating in the first phase of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program e-Learning initiative are:
1. African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
2. American University of Beirut
3. Ashesi University
4. EARTH University
5. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
6. Makerere University
7. United States International University-Africa
8. University of Abomey-Calavi
9. University of Gondar
10. University of Rwanda