Supporting Tools, Techniques, and Models for Institutional Growth
Following the 2021 Annual Convening, The Education Collaborative set up a post-convening grant to provide participating institutions with support to implement insights gleaned from convenings into actual projects.
This grant initiative provides funding support to institutions driving change on the continent with their initiatives. Projects should aim at implementing specific solutions to identified structural challenges, leading to positive system changes towards improving student-centered development.
Employability – Projects based on this focus area are targeted at supporting institutions to develop or improve initiatives aimed at supporting students’ 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 an Education Collaborative grant in 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 to train 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, entrepreneurial students with relevant soft and hard skills for the world of work.
Building a career-development digital platform to 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 an Education Collaborative post-convening grant and is launching a project to build a digital platform to improve internship listing, job supervision, and skills development for students. The project is focused on improving employability outcomes and will address the unforeseen circumstances students face when seeking internship placements.
University of Energy and Natural Resources, Ghana – Launching a Students Employability Clinic
University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) is a STEM-focused university located in Sunyani, Ghana. As a recipient of a 2021 post-convening grant, UENR is launching a Students Employability Clinic. The clinic will support career-service development and improve employability outcomes as it equips students with twenty-first-century skills required for Africa’s job market. The program is expected to run until September 2022.
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 will 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 for its students.
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 25 community-based headteachers and 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 25 community-based school headteachers and another 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 children in selected schools and selected women running small businesses to support their families, making them better equipped to succeed.
University of Embu, Kenya - Developing a twelve-month entrepreneurial program to develop Innovative, Design, Enterprising, Agility and Leadership (IDEAL) 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 twelve-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 (BIT), 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, the Burkina Institute of Technology, 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 neighboring West African economic centers. The project is part of BIT’s effort to create a holistic entrepreneurship ecosystem while leveraging already-existing initiatives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Applying for the Grant
1. Can I apply for a 2023 Post Convening Grant if I do not attend the 2023 June Convening scheduled to take place from June 13 – June 16, 2023?
No, all institutions you should have attended the 2023 June Convening online or in person.
2. Can I apply for a 2023 Post-Convening Grant if I do not attend the 2023 June Convening fully? Can I attend a few sessions online or in person and still qualify?
Yes, you qualify to apply. However, your project must align with the learnings and outcomes from the Convening.
3. My organisation works with a cluster of educational institutions. We are not a higher education institution. Can I apply for a Post Convening grant?
Yes, all institutions that attend the 2023 June Convening are eligible to apply. The caveat here is the proposed project, and targeted beneficiaries must impact educational institutions.
4. If I applied for a 2022 Post-Convening Grant and the project is ongoing, can I apply for a 2023 Post-Convening Grant?
Yes, you are eligible to apply. However, should the same representative or project lead be involved in 2022 and this year’s project, they will need to indicate how they will effectively work on the two projects simultaneously.
5. What category of institutions are eligible to apply for a 2023 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.
6. Can I apply as an individual for a 2023 Post-Convening Grant?
No, all applicants are expected to apply through their institution. No individual can apply without consent or decision from their institution.
7. How much funding support is available through the Post Convening Grant?
Institutions can receive a grant of up to $5000.
8. How can institutions apply for the Post-Convening Grant?
The Education Collaborative will call for proposals a month before the 2023 June Convening. The call for proposals will provide details about the grants, including the eligibility and evaluation criteria, funding guidelines, proposal submissions and timelines to note.
9. What is the timeline for the Post-Convening Grant application process?
Call for proposals will be opened a month before the 2023 June Convening. Applicants must answer all questions in the proposal template and submit by August 15th, 2023. Successful applicants will be notified in November 2023.
1. What is the focus on the projects that can be funded through the Post-Convening Grant?
Projects should focus on the learnings from the 2023 June Convening and aim to introduce practical solutions to address fundamental issues in African higher education leading to positive impact and student-focused growth.
2. What kind of projects are accepted?
All projects must align with the learnings and outcomes of the 2023 June Convening across at least one of the four Tracks; Careers and Employability, Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership and Faculty Development and Research.
3. How many applications is my institution allowed to submit?
An institution can submit a maximum of two proposals. However, the project focus and implementation leads should be different for each project.
5. How long should the proposed project last?
The project should not last more than 12 months in implementation.
Review and Implementation
1. After I submit a proposal, when should I expect to hear back?
All applicants are expected to hear back by the end of August on eligibility. Final decisions will be communicated in November 2023.
2. How will the funded projects be monitored and evaluated?
Institutions will need to provide a monitoring and evaluation plan. The Education Collaborative will also monitor and evaluate the funded projects to ensure they meet their intended goals and positively impact African higher education.
The Education Collaborative provides post-convening grants of up to $5000 to eligible HEIs across Africa.
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