Zimbabwean entrepreneurs and philanthropists Strive and Tsitsi Masiyiwa have been honored by Ivy League college, Yale University for their efforts and leadership in supporting education initiatives across Africa.
Yale last week hosted a reception to show gratitude to the Masiyiwas for investing in the future of Africa’s youth through education.
Last year, the Masiyiwas committed to generously support the Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS), a week-long academic enrichment program that aims to connect Africa’s most talented high school students to academic opportunities in the United States and beyond.
The YYAS through the Higherlife Foundation will reportedly serve 900 students over the next three years, and will support programs in three different African countries each summer, to train and mentor African student leaders.
Students from all African countries, who are a citizen of any African country and currently attend school on the continent at the time of application are eligible to apply for the program.
The 2016 summer sessions will take place in Ghana (29 July to 4 August), Rwanda (9 to 15 August, and Zimbabwe (20 to 26 August).
The YYAS program will bring Yale undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff to these three African countries each summer, where they will collaborate with local teachers and other partners to raise awareness and inspire high school students to consider studying at universities in the United States.
The program undoubtedly provides a great opportunity, which will improve access to educational prospects for African youth.
The Masiyiwas have in the past heavily invested in various education advocacy initiatives inZimbabwe (through the Capernaum Trust ) and across the continent, which have positively impacted on the lives of thousands of Africa’s young people.
Source: Yale News