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

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Gondar organized an event representing the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) in Ethiopia.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UoG organized a week dedicated to the country’s first Occupational Therapy work force. The week celebrated the Association’s first Assembly and also got a chance to organize and work towards a sensitization workshop. Those who took part in the multiple day events included Dr. Molalign Belay Co-Diretor Scholars Program …<h5 class="moretag"><a href="https://uogqueensmcf.com/news/the-mastercard-foundation-scholars-program-at-the-university-of-gondar-organized-an-event-representing-the-world-federation-of-occupational-therapists-wfot-in-ethiopia/" class="read-more-link">Read More</a></h5>

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The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was celebrated at the University of Gondar

Today, November 3 2022, is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the University of Gondar’s Disability Research and Service Directorate in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program celebrated the day in style in the university’s Maraki Campus. The day saw programs that included showcasing talents, athletics, research presentations and keynote speeches. The …<h5 class="moretag"><a href="https://uogqueensmcf.com/news/the-international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-was-celebrated-at-the-university-of-gondar/" class="read-more-link">Read More</a></h5>

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UoG’s Occupational Therapy Department focuses on CP

The University of Gondar’s Community Based Rehabilitation Program, in collaboration with Cerebral Palsy Africa (CPA), has provided a one day training on cerebral palsy early identification and prevention strategies for selected health care providers and health extension workers in Gondar city. The training had three sessions. The first session covered the manifestations, prevalence, and prevention …<h5 class="moretag"><a href="https://uogqueensmcf.com/news/uogs-occupational-therapy-department-focuses-on-cp/" class="read-more-link">Read More</a></h5>

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The Scholars Program at UoG starts fresh for year 6

It has been a productive 5 years for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Gondar. With the aim of educating 450 talented youth with disabilities and disadvantages from Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa the Program has come upon its 6th year and has come a long way in inclusion and creating …<h5 class="moretag"><a href="https://uogqueensmcf.com/news/the-scholars-program-at-uog-starts-fresh-for-year-6/" class="read-more-link">Read More</a></h5>

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The Scholars Program Office at UoG focuses on accessibility for people with disabilities

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Gondar had formed committees in previous months that dealt with accessibility issues and how to create a more suitable environment for people with disabilities. And recently, the committee that mapped out the entire Maraki campus submitted their long-awaited results and addressed them in their assessment document. …<h5 class="moretag"><a href="https://uogqueensmcf.com/news/the-scholars-program-office-at-uog-focuses-on-accessibility-for-people-with-disabilities/" class="read-more-link">Read More</a></h5>

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UoG fellows take part in the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress 2022

The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Congress 2022 was hosted in Paris, France; bringing together over 2000 delegates in person, and several hundred online to connect, share, and learn.  For the University of Gondar, the Mastercard Foundation, and the International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR) this was a momentous occasion …<h5 class="moretag"><a href="https://uogqueensmcf.com/news/uog-fellows-take-part-in-the-world-federation-of-occupational-therapists-congress-2022/" class="read-more-link">Read More</a></h5>

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The Mastercard Foundation Celebrates the Scholars Program Decennial Anniversary

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special program together with its partners around the world with a moto of “A decade of transformative impact and learning” in Kigali, from September 15-17, 2022. Those who took part in the 2 day event included, among others,, University of Gondar President Dr. Asrat …<h5 class="moretag"><a href="https://uogqueensmcf.com/news/the-mastercard-foundation-celebrates-the-scholars-program-decennial-anniversary/" class="read-more-link">Read More</a></h5>

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Graduating Scholars thank the Mastercard Foundation

On 1 September 2022 the Mastercard Foundation graduating Scholars at the University of Gondar organized an event to express their appreciation and devotion to the Program which changed their life. Seven Scholars who will be graduating this upcoming Saturday have shown their heartfelt gratitude for the years they have spent at the University of Gondar …<h5 class="moretag"><a href="https://uogqueensmcf.com/news/graduating-scholars-thank-the-mastercard-foundation/" class="read-more-link">Read More</a></h5>

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Ethiopia becomes a member of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists

Ethiopia has become the latest member of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. The Federation is a collection of members and organizations that promote and advance the causes and science of Occupational Therapy. The recent admission and membership into the WFOT may have a lot to do with the University of Gondar, which recently launched …<h5 class="moretag"><a href="https://uogqueensmcf.com/news/ethiopia-becomes-a-member-of-the-world-federation-of-occupational-therapists/" class="read-more-link">Read More</a></h5>

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Summer Leadership Camp Kicks off for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars

The fifth year of the scholars’ engagement in the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Gondar has come to a conclusion. At the end of every year, the Scholars Program at UoG creates the opportunity for Scholars to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience which culminates in adventure, leadership trainings and outright enjoyment. …<h5 class="moretag"><a href="https://uogqueensmcf.com/news/summer-leadership-camp-kicks-off-for-the-mastercard-foundation-scholars/" class="read-more-link">Read More</a></h5>

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Our Partners

UNIVERSITY OF GONDAR
The University of Gondar is the oldest medical school in Ethiopia, with a focus on a team approach and community-based
MASTERCARD FOUNDATION
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 UNIVERSITY
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.