UPCEA has served leading public and private colleges and universities in North America for more than 100 years. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., it strives to build awareness of the vital link between contemporary learners and public policy issues. Given UPCEA’s renown, Nairobi-based Distance Education for Africa (DeAfrica) was extremely gratified to be selected as the organisation’s 2021 South Region Programs for Special Populations Award recipient.
In his message on the occasion, Sidiki Traore, President and Founder of DeAfrica commented, “We are deeply honoured and grateful to have been chosen for this Award. We regard it as testimony to the significance of the Africa Scholarship Cohort (ASC)‘s role in the lives of students all over Africa, empowering them with world-class skills to secure a bright future for themselves, their families and their communities.”
Together with the University of Virginia (UVA) and Coursera, DeAfrica have offered over 33,000 scholarships, reaching learners in every country on the continent. They have published four books, transformed people’s lives, and promoted gender equity. The organisation’s five-part Business Case Study book series captures how each scholarship has engendered exciting and life-changing experiences. Students and professionals from all walks of life, from refugees in North Kenya, the Nakivale refugee settlement in Uganda, to prisoners in Botswana, have participated in these programs.