Forum for African Women Educationalists - Uganda Chapter

"21 Years of Enhancing Girls' and Women's Education for Development" FAWE Uganda 1997-2018


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 have today 6th August, 2018 awarded 102 young women and men from the disadvantaged regions of Uganda with bursaries to access and transition through higher education and secure employment in sectors that contribute to the development of their communities and country.

The 2nd cohort of 102 (62 female and 40 male) successful program participants represent all the 13 Program districts of; Mayuge 8, Buliisa 6, Bundibugyo 7, Kanungu 18, Ntoroko 7, Adjumani 7, Amudat 2, Amuru 5, Kaabong 6, Pader 11, Bukwo 8, Buyende 9 and Katakwii district 8.

The Chief Guest, Prof. George Lada Openjuru, the Vice Chancellor of Gulu University during the award Ceremony said “I congratulate all of you for the good performance and qualifying for this scholarship. However, this doesn’t guarantee you success at University, you have to work hard and ensure you successfully complete your education cycle because poor grades or failure could lead to discontinuation.” He called upon, the awardees to remember where they come from, situations they left home, the people who look up to them and capitalize on that as a motivation to work hard and transform their communities. He committed to offer total support to them and ensure they settle in, pursue their education and excel.

Ms. Susan Opok Tumusiime, the Executive Director of FAWE Uganda said during the awards that, “The Higher Education Access Program is a unique initiative aimed at giving a platform for all academically talented students from economically disadvantaged communities an opportunity to study, realize their dreams and exploit their potential through increasing access to quality education in higher Institutions of learning.”

She added that, “I call upon all the students who have been awarded in the 2018 – 2019 academic year to exercise self discipline while at school, work very hard and make the best use of this life time opportunity to realize and maximize both their education and career dreams and above all contribute to the development of their communities and country at large.”

In the current financial year 2018/2019 the 2nd cohort of 102 students have been successfully enrolled to the 5 partner higher institutions of learning including; Busitema University 27, Gulu University 38, Mbarara University of Science and Technology 21, Jinja School of Nursing and Midwifery 12 and Medical Laboratory Training School 4. The students are pursuing different science and medical related courses; Bachelor of Science (BSC) Medicine and Surgery, BSC Water Resources Engineering, BSC Agric Mechanization and Irrigation Engineering, BSC Agriculture; Diploma in Laboratory Technology and Nursing.

Chemutai  Sherine, one of the students awarded a bachelor’s degree of Science in Agriculture at Gulu University and from  Bukwo district appreciated the bursary, “I thank God and FAWE Uganda for this opportunity, without it I wouldn’t be here today, I now see my dreams coming true.  I come from a family of 12 children and it has not been easy for my parents. I count myself lucky, because it was impossible for my parents to educate all of us. I have struggled throughout my education, and after secondary, I knew that was the end of me. This bursary is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I commit to work hard and not to disappoint FAWE.”

For the last two weeks starting July 23 – August 6, 2017 awardees having been undergoing an  Extended Orientation Program (EOP) to support students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to settle in, compete favorably and successfully complete their studies at their various institutions of learning. Some of the topics covered in the EOP include; financial literacy, life skills, career mapping, conflict resolution, higher education environment and, gender roles and responsibilities. Psychosocial and counseling support will also be provided to students during their studies to build self-esteem, academic discipline and overcome challenges of life including; sexual- and gender- based harassment and violence.

To ensure transparency and accountability, the Regional Bursary Technical Committees (RBTCs) were formed and are charged with the responsibility of selecting, interviewing and enrolling beneficiary students. To guarantee higher completion rates; Bursary Coordination Committees were established in each of the five partner institutions, the students also have focal point persons where they report challenges they are facing and proper guidance is given to them. The award Ceremony took place at Gulu University.


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 the Higher Education Access Program. The program focuses on providing bursaries to a total of 300 academically able students from economically disadvantaged regions and districts of Uganda; the Northern Region  (Adjumani, Amudat, Amuru, Kaabong and Pader); Eastern (Bukwo, Buyende, Katakwi and Mayuge) and Western (Buliisa, Bundibugyo, Kanungu and Ntoroko);  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 

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