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Ugandan Universities Host Scholarships for Underprivileged East Africans

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  • Spearheaded by Windle International Uganda and Windle Trust International, prominent partners in the country’s education development sector, the initiative known as the James Aryam Scholarship honors the legacy of James Aryam, the inaugural executive director of Windle International Uganda, who dedicated himself to fostering educational opportunities for refugees until his passing in 2021.
  • Acknowledging Uganda’s inclusive refugee policies, David Masua, Country Director of Windle Trust International, explained the evolution of the scholarship program from its origins in the United Kingdom to its current African iteration, aimed at maximizing impact while minimizing costs.

In a bid to ensure equitable access to higher education, Ugandan universities are now home to a scholarship program catering to underprivileged individuals from East African Community member states. Spearheaded by Windle International Uganda and Windle Trust International, prominent partners in the country’s education development sector, the initiative known as the James Aryam Scholarship honors the legacy of James Aryam, the inaugural executive director of Windle International Uganda, who dedicated himself to fostering educational opportunities for refugees until his passing in 2021.

The scholarship program, inaugurated in 2023, currently supports 12 beneficiaries pursuing various master’s degree programs in Uganda, with ten enrolled at Makerere University and two at Kyambogo University. The selection process prioritizes individuals from communities affected by conflicts, natural disasters, and other adversities, with a focus on nurturing leadership qualities among recipients to drive positive change upon completion of their studies.

Simon Daale, Director of Programs at Windle International Uganda, emphasized the program’s commitment to instilling Aryam’s visionary leadership values in its beneficiaries. Andrew Omara, Executive Director of Windle International Uganda, highlighted the significance of expanding educational opportunities for underprivileged individuals, particularly refugees, amid declining funding for refugee education support.

Simon Daale Director of WIU

Acknowledging Uganda’s inclusive refugee policies, David Masua, Country Director of Windle Trust International, explained the evolution of the scholarship program from its origins in the United Kingdom to its current African iteration, aimed at maximizing impact while minimizing costs. Douglas Asiimwe, Acting Assistant Commissioner for refugees in the Office of the Prime Minister, reiterated the government’s dedication to collaborating with stakeholders to address the needs of refugees, who now number over 1.6 million in Uganda.

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The scholarship’s impact extends beyond academic pursuits, as Lual Akol Nhial, Education Attaché at the South Sudan Embassy in Uganda, emphasized the transformative potential of educated leaders in driving national development. Michael John Wells, Assistant Country Representative for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, praised Uganda’s generosity towards refugees and urged beneficiaries to leverage the scholarship as a catalyst for positive change in their communities.

As the scholarship program continues to empower underprivileged individuals with education, it symbolizes Uganda’s commitment to fostering a brighter future for all, irrespective of background or circumstance.

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