Partnering to Develop Transformative Leaders in Ethiopia

The University of Gondar (Ethiopia) and Queen’s University (Canada), in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, have developed a 10-year program 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

Empowering Scholars with Disabilities through Employability Skills and Job Readiness Training

Graduating Scholars and non-scholars with disabilities had the opportunity to enhance their employability skills and job readiness through a short-term training hosted by the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Gondar from July 09 to July 12, 2024. The training aimed to empower the trainees with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed &hellip; <a href="">Continued</a>

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Congratulations, Sitotaw Gebremichael Tadesse, top male ambassador of the Baobab Summit 2024!

Congratulations, Sitotaw Gebremichael Tadesse, on your exceptional achievements as a top male ambassador of the Baobab Summit 2024! Your passion for cultivating connections and advancing growth within the Mastercard Foundation Scholars community in general, and at the University of Gondar in particular, is truly motivating. Continue the great work!

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Breaking Barriers: A Community-Based Rehabilitation Training for Scholars

The Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Certificate Program has taken a significant step towards promoting inclusive education and rehabilitation by enhancing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of Scholars in the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Gondar. The certificate program is one of the extracurricular packages that is intended to equip the Scholars with the &hellip; <a href="">Continued</a>

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Giving back as a Token of Commitment to Community

The University of Gondar in partnership with Queen’s University and the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, has opened the first undergraduate occupational therapy program at the University of Gondar. The aim is to produce knowledgeable and skilled academicians and researchers in the field. Currently, the Occupational Therapy program has 31 students in their second and third &hellip; <a href="">Continued</a>

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Newly Graduated Mastercard Foundation Scholars Complete Employability Skill Training and Internship

Employability skill training and internships are crucial in preparing Mastercard Foundation Scholars for the workforce. Employers strongly value practical experience, exposure to real-world situations, and the chance these programs offer to build essential soft and hard skills. This report highlights the values of employability skill training and internship program in advancing Mastercard Foundation Scholars’ transition &hellip; <a href="">Continued</a>

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2nd Occupational Therapy Workshop

On December 30th, 2023, a workshop was held in Addis Ababa, organized by the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Gondar, to promote awareness and understanding of Occupational Therapy (OT) among stakeholders in Ethiopia. Attended by representatives from federal entities such as the Ministry of Health, the Civil Service Commission, federal hospitals, and regional &hellip; <a href="">Continued</a>

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University of Gondar hosts disability art event by talented scholars with disabilities

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Gondar in collaboration with Dagmaros Entertainment and Events organized a disability art event in which talented scholars with disabilities participated at Maraki Campus on July 6, 2023. Dr. Asrat Atsedeweyn, President of the University of Gondar; Dr. Kassahun Tegegne, Academic Vice President of the University of Gondar; &hellip; <a href="">Continued</a>

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Management of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Queen&#8217;s University paid a visit to the University of Gondar

The management and staff of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Gondar welcomed Heather Aldersey (PhD), co-director of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program and Anushka Mzinganjira, Part B manager of the Program at Queen&#8217;s University, on June 24, 2023. On the next day, the team attended a music rehearsal and poetry recital &hellip; <a href="">Continued</a>

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Research Dissemination and Sensitization Workshop on Assistive Technology was held at University of Gondar

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Gondar organized a half-day research dissemination and sensitization workshop on assistive technology on May 29, 2023. The workshop brought together top management of the University of Gondar and Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, multidisciplinary team of researchers and concerned heads of departments. In his welcome speech, Dr. Binyam &hellip; <a href="">Continued</a>

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Our Partners

The University of Gondar has the oldest medical school in Ethiopia, with a focus on a community-based and team approach.
Queen’s University 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.
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.