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Post-Convening Grant

The Post-convening Grant is an Education Collaborative initiative to support institutions participating in the Annual Convenings to implement their learnings. This Call aims at facilitating endeavours by institutions to implement specific solutions within the outcomes shared during the 2022 Annual Convening to lead to positive system changes across Africa.

The Grant Initiative provides funding support to institutions driving change on the continent with their initiatives. The projects should aim at implementing specific solutions to identified structural challenges, leading to positive system changes towards improving student-centred development.

    Ongoing Projects 

    Employability – Project based on this Focus area are targeted at supporting insitutions to develop or improve initiatives aimed at supporting student’s employability outcomes.

    EducAid, Sierra Leone - Improving employability Skills Bootcamp for 50 post-secondary school graduates

    Educaid, located in Freetown Sierra Leone is a UK funded charity aimed at improving the quality of education in Sierra Leone. In line with their agenda, EduCaid was a recipient of the Education Collaborative Grant for the year 2021. The project the grant will fund is focused on improving employability for post-secondary school students through an intensive employability skills bootcamp. Rolled out in October 2021, the project will equip up to 200 young people with enhanced exposure to a wide variety of employment possibilities by July 2022.

    Riara University, Kenya - Developing a work-readiness program and aligning curricula to job market needs

    Located in Nairobi Kenya, Riara University is a private institution that aims to provide holistic education to their students. As a Post-Convening Grant Recipient,  Riara is initiating a work-readiness program that trains students and aligns its curricula to job market needs. The project was inspired by the Employability track of the 2021 Annual Convening and aims to graduate ethical and entrepreneurial students who have the relevant soft and hard skills necessary for the world of work.

    Cavendish University, Uganda – Building a career-development digital platform to will help with internship listing, job supervision and skills development.

    Cavendish University in Kampala Uganda is part of a global franchise that began in London. The university is a recipient of a grant of The Education Collaborative 2021 Annual Convening, launching a project to build a digital platform that will help the institution improve internship listing, job supervision and skills development for students. The project is focused on improving employability outcomes and will address the unforeseen circumstances that students face when seeking internship placements. 

    University of Energy and Natural Resources, Ghana – Launching a Student Employability Clinic

    University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) is a STEM-focused university located in Sunyani, Ghana. As a recipient of The Education Collaborative 2021 Post-Convening Grant, UENR is launching a Student’s Employability Clinic in their institution. The Clinic will support career service development and improve employability outcomes, as it equips students with 21st Century skills required for Africa’s job market. The program is expected to run until September 2022.

    Davis College, Rwanda - Piloting a dual learning model for 40 students in their Hospitality and Tourism Management Program

    Davis College is a co-educational higher learning institution located in Kigali, Rwanda. The institution is piloting a dual learning model for 40 students in their Hospitality and Tourism Management Program as a 2021 Post-Convening Grant Recipient. The learning model would expose students, to the inner workings of industry through access to the facilities and systems used in industry, while receiving the required guidance and mentorship to thrive in hospitality and tourism management. This project is part of Davis College’s effort to improve employability outcomes in their institution.

    Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneurship projects address gaps and growth areas that allow institutions to support students with the skills to start and scale businesses to solve problems within their contexts. 

    Strathmore University, Kenya - Building the entrepreneurship capacity of twenty- five (25) community-based headteachers and another twenty-five (25) women micro-Entrepreneurs in a local community

    Strathmore University is a chartered university based in Nairobi, Kenya. Inspired by the entrepreneurship track at the 2021 Annual Convening, Strathmore University committed to building the entrepreneurship capacity of twenty- five (25) community-based school headteachers and another twenty-five (25) women micro-Entrepreneurs in a local community. The project supported by the 2021 Post-Convening Grant initiative is underway and aims to enhance the lives of the children in selected schools and the selected women running small businesses to support their families leaving them better equipped to succeed. 

    University of Embu, Kenya - Developing a 12-month entrepreneurial program to Develop Innovative, Design, Enterprising, Agility and Leadership skills among university students.

    University of Embu is a Kenyan chartered university located in Embu, Kenya. Focused on improving entrepreneurship outcomes, University of Embu committed to a 12-month entrepreneurial program to Develop Innovative, Design, Enterprising, Agility and Leadership (IDEAL) skills among university students. The program will enhance student idea generation capabilities through training and coaching on the design thinking approach.

    Burkina Institute of Technology, Burkina Faso – Developing an experiential learning opportunity for student entrepreneurs in the form of internships and an on and off-campus program

    Located in Burkina Faso, BIT as a 2021 Post Convening Grant recipient is developing an experiential learning opportunity for student entrepreneurs in the form of internships and an on and off-campus program across neighbouring West African economic centres. The project is part of BIT’s effort to create a holistic entrepreneurship ecosystem while leveraging already existing initiatives.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I apply for a 2022 Post Convening Grant if I did not attend the Annual Convening from June 13 – June 17, 2022?  
    No, all institutions should have attended the 2022 Annual Convening, online or in person.

    Can I apply for a 2022 Post Convening Grant if I did not attend the Annual Convening fully? I attended a few sessions online or in person. 
    Yes, whether you joined some of the sessions or participated fully, you qualify to apply. However, your project must align with the learnings and outcomes from the Annual Convening.  

    My organization works with a cluster of educational institutions. We are not a higher education institution. Can I apply for a post Annual Convening grant? 
    Yes, all institutions that attended the 2022 Convening are eligible to apply. The caveat here is that the proposed project and targeted beneficiaries must impact an educational institution/s.  

    If I applied for a 2021 Post Convening Grant and our project is still running, can I apply for a 2022 Post Convening Grant? 
    Yes, you are eligible to apply. However, should the same representative/project lead be involved in last year’s and this year’s, they will need to indicate how they will effectively work on two projects simultaneously. 

    What category of institutions are eligible to apply for a 2022 Post Convening Grant? 
    The institution should be accredited in the country where they are located. A paradigmatic example is higher education institutions in Ghana need to be accredited by the National Accreditation Board.  

    Can I apply as an individual for the 2022 Post Convening Grant? 
    No, all applicants are expected to apply in the name of their institution. No individual can apply without consent or decision from their institution.  

    Proposal Submission 
    What kind of projects are accepted? 
    All projects must align with the learnings and outcomes of the 2022 Annual Convening across at least one of the four Tracks; Employability, Entrepreneurship Ecosystem, Ethics and Leadership and Entrepreneurship Pedagogy.   

    How many applications is my institution allowed to submit? 
    An institution can submit a maximum of two applications. However, the project focus and implementation leads should be different for each project.  

    My application is ready. How do I submit it? 
    Submit via email to The Education Collaborative at education.collaborative@ashesi.edu.gh and cc Grace Amponsah, Program Coordinator, at grace.amponsah@ashesi.edu.gh with the email title, 2022 post-convening grant – [Institutional Name].  

    How long should the proposed project last? 
    The project should not last more than 12 months in implementation.  

    By when should I submit a proposal? 
    All proposals should be submitted by September 2nd, 2022, at 11:59 pm GMT.  

    Reviews and Implementation 
    When I submit a proposal, when should I expect to hear back? 
    All applicants are expected to hear back by October 14 on first-round reviews. Final reviews will be communicated in November 2022.  

      

     

    2022 grant application open

    Proposals from twelve (12) eligible institutions will receive up to $5,000 to implement their projects.

    The deadline for submission is September 2nd, 2022. To apply for the grant, click the “Apply here” button below.

    Email education.collaborative@ashesi.edu.gh
    for more information

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