Partnering to Develop Transformative Leaders in Ethiopia

The University of Gondar (Ethiopia) and Queen’s University (Canada), supported by the Mastercard Foundation, have developed a 10-year partnership to advance inclusive higher education for young people with disabilities, develop new occupational therapy programs and advance research for inclusive education and community-based rehabilitation in Africa.

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In the News

Scholars Program and UoG’s CBR Celebrate International Disability Day

An event organized by the University of Gondar’s CBR program and the Mastercard Foundation Scholars program took place to celebrate the International day of Disability with the theme “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable Post-COVID-19 World”.

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Extension of deadline for full Scholarship to Queens University Canada and the opportunity for Free IELTS equivalent English training and examination

Apply for the Msc Fully Funded Scholarship plus free English IELTS training and examination

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University of Gondar acquire two new MSc graduates in Occupational Therapy

With the virtual graduation ceremony of 2 Masters OT fellows, the program is coming that much closer to setting the foundational stone of the first ever Occupational Therapy program in Ethiopia.

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Scholars Program at UoG conducts a consultative meeting

Partners and stakeholders who took part in the meeting included Cheshire services, Mehabre Hewot for Social Development (MHSD), Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD), Rehabilitation Center, Bahar Dar, 17 Alumni Scholars and MCF staff. 

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Freshmen Scholars feel Optimistic about their future at UoG

The Scholars Program is one of the best programs in the world that caters and supports those people in communities who are marginalized and often overlooked. The Scholars Program is strictly for talented people with disabilities and disadvantages and seeks to create a new status quo where these individuals are leaders in their society, and wider region. Freshmen Scholars who joined with this pledge of excellence and transformative fervor are on their way to making this a reality.

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Scholars Program Alumni gives back to his Community

Habtamu Alemneh is just one example of numerous others who are doing various initiatives and gaining well to do career paths to help the country of Ethiopia. Being a visually impaired individual has not hindered him or held him back from making a sizable impact in the lives of many.

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An alumni of the Scholars Program shares his new life after the Program

Shegaw Birhanu who is now a prosecutor in Northern Ethiopia in a town called Dabat is extremely optimistic about his life moving forward and has a sense of confidence that no barrier could stop him. When asked about his current position and the role the Scholars Program had in his success, he shared that the Program had been instrumental.

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Scholars Program at UoG prioritizes transition to work

To make this transition a smooth one, the Scholars Program office at the University of Gondar has gone forward with a training program to better equip them with the knowledge and tools they would need in today’s modern workforce.

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Message from the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UoG

It gives us sorrow to share with the University of Gondar Community about the recent passing of one of our Scholars. Abraham who is now being laid to rest in his home region of Gojam in a village called Gende Woyen had been sick from a severe lung complication. He had been hospitalized for 5 …<h5 class="moretag"><a href="" class="read-more-link">Read More</a></h5>

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The Scholars Program at the University of Gondar Graduates a new batch of Scholars

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Gondar in Ethiopia has focused on uplifting outstanding youths with disabilities and disadvantages for over 5 years now. Scholars from all around Ethiopia, as well as scholars from surrounding countries, have been given the opportunity to receive a once-in-a-lifetime full scholarship and all-around support at the …<h5 class="moretag"><a href="" class="read-more-link">Read More</a></h5>

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Our Partners

The University of Gondar is the oldest medical school in Ethiopia, with a focus on a team approach and community-based
The Mastercard Foundation works with visionary organizations to provide greater access to education, skills training and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Africa. As one of the largest, independent foundations, its work is guided by its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion in order to alleviate poverty.
Queen’s is one of Canada’s leading universities, celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2016-17 and offering a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs. The university’s Faculty of Health Sciences includes a School of Rehabilitation Therapy, School of Nursing and a School of Medicine.