The first three recipients of the inaugural programme received their scholarship award in Uganda over the weekend, and will travel to the United States this month to pursue a Master's degree in education and mathematics (EDM) at the Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey.
The scholars include two Ugandans, Emmanuel Nsadha 33 and Theode Niyirinda 31, and 26 year old Alfred Mutembei Limbere from Kenya who will pursue Master’s Degree programme in education and mathematics.
“The three scholarships were awarded to experienced East African teachers and lecturers with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field, who are actively teaching at the East African public university.
They were selected from nearly 300 applicants from Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya, who competed for a choice few slots,” said Vivienne Yeda, the EADB director general.
The scholarship programme is a partnership between the EADB and the Africa-America Institute (AAI).
Yeda spoke at a farewell event held in Kampala for the 3 successful teachers who will make up the inaugural class.
Keith Muhakanizi, Uganda’s Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development commended EADB for their commitment to both infrastructural and personal development in the region.
“We are here today to celebrate these three individuals who are starting an exciting journey.
But we must realize that the benefits of this scholarship extend beyond their personal recipients. When Emmanuel, Theode and Alfred return to teaching at their universities, countless students will in turn reap the fruits of their qualifications,” said Muhakanizi.
Muhakanizi lauded the EADB-AAI initiative and said it ties to regional government’s efforts to increase access to education with better learning and skills outcome.
The EADB scholarship aims to maximize the impact of EADB’s investment into the higher education sector by granting scholarships to accomplished lecturers who have agreed to return to their East African universities and continue teaching after they have received their graduate degree at Rutgers University.
The fully-funded EADB graduate level scholarships will provide full tuition, room and living expenses within a stipulated budget.