Higher Education Access Program (HEAP)

Higher Education Access Program (HEAP)


Mr. Timothy Ssejjoba, the Chief Guest and Senior Principle Education Officer at the Ministry of Education and Sports addressing scholars during the convening.

On 22nd – 23rd January, 2020 Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) Uganda Chapter with support from mastercard foundation held the Annual Students Networking, Knowledge and Experience Sharing Convention at Seroma Christian High School, Mukono.  The convening was held under the theme, “Networking and Collaboration to Address Challenges of the 21st Century.”

The Annual Students Convening was aimed atproviding a networking opportunity for students to share their experiences and knowledge; and inspiring them to work hard, lead fruitful and rewarding lives through ‘life talks’ from seasoned guest speakers.

Mr. Timothy Ssejjoba, the Chief Guest and Senior Principle Education Officer at the Ministry of Education and Sports appreciated FAWE Uganda for organizing the convening, “FAWE is a great partner of the Ministry. We applaud them for complementing Governments effort in supporting education of vulnerable children at both secondary and higher institutions of learning; without education, we cannot achieve middle income status as a country.”

He called upon students to work hard, be disciplined and make the best use of the opportunity they have been given “Everyone present should consider themselves lucky and highly privileged because many who would have loved to be here today missed it because of stiff competition and limited slots.” He added that, “Young women and girls are many and I thank you for seizing this opportunity. To end poverty in Uganda, we need to continue empowering women and girls. Let’s interact, learn from each other, work together and protect each other to be able to realize our dreams.”

Students giving back to the community through blood donation during the Annual Scholars Convening

Mrs. Susan Opok Tumusiime, the Executive Director FAWE Uganda said that, “This program supports young people from disadvantaged districts of Uganda, to access education and equip them with skills to address the human resource gap and contribute to the development of their communities. The reason a majority of the students are pursuing science courses”

She added that, “Young people are the future of this country. You need to utilize this networking opportunity to learn, unlearn and relearn as you interact with students from different universities and places. Give studies your best, perform better and achieve the intended goal. Be students who are ready to succeed; we believe in you and we expect a lot from you. Get out of the box, appreciate who you are, where you want to go and how to reach there; face your fears and challenge yourself to overcome them.”

During the convening, students also shared their experiences detailing tales before and the transformation they have undergone to date. A majority testified about the high confidence they have built today, the successful leadership roles they have held at school, journeys of academic excellence and the role models they have become in their communities. They also gave back to community through donating blood.

Mr. Timothy Ssejjoba, the Chief Guest and Senior Principle Education Officer at the MOES, FAWE Uganda ED, FAWE Uganda Board Representative, Focal Point Person at Busitema University and Students pose for a group photo

The event was attended by 350 students from different partner institutions of higher learning including Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Busitema and Gulu Universities, Jinja School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Jinja Medical Laboratory Training School, Makerere University Business School, Kyambogo and Muni Universities.

The program will enable higher education access for young people hailing from these most marginalized and hard-to-reach regions of Uganda.  It will target youth from economically marginalized families and communities and provide solutions to the professional and technical skills that the target youth require for returning to contribute to the socio-economic development of their regions. The access program presents several opportunities for FAWE to realize its strategic objectives and expand its geographical scope, while realizing the following specific objectives and contributing to the overall goal as given below.


To enable 300 young women and men from the disadvantaged regions of Uganda to access, and transition through higher education and secure employment in those sectors that contribute to the development of their home communities.

Objective 1: Provide bursaries to 300 academically able, yet economically disadvantaged students from eastern, northern and western Uganda to access and complete higher education.

Objective 2:       Design and implement a (pilot) pre-entry bridging program to provide second chance opportunities for promising students to transition into university degree programs.

Objective 3:       Provide academic and psycho-social support and facilitate pathways for the students to internships, industrial practice and employment.

Objective 4: Institutional capacity strengthening to ensure disadvantaged students succeed.

Payment of tuition and other school requirements:

All students awarded bursaries will receive support to include; transport to and from the institution, tuition, accommodation, meals, a stipend, functional fees, NCHE fees, medical insurance, costs for;  internship, industrial training and field attachments as well as educational materials such as laboratory requirements, textbooks and agricultural equipment for field attachments and a laptop with accessories. There are other one-off costs that shall be taken care of like registration with the Nursing Council, for nursing students to eventually obtain practicing certificates.