Our Nonprofit Programs Provide System Solutions
Brilliance and talent exist everywhere, but opportunities do not. Our nonprofit programs model addresses the root cause of why African youth are not successful, creating an ecosystem of opportunity for them to excel. We connect disadvantaged rural youth to knowledge and opportunities, cultivating informed, resilient community leaders who address local challenges and become active participants in the global economy.
Instrumental to all Asante Africa Foundation nonprofit programs are two reputable elements; LEARN-DO-TEACH and PAY-IT-FORWARD.
Our Innovative Model Develops Skills and Catalyzes Change
Our innovative model is built on a Learn-Do-Teach model with Pay-it-Forward action plans that ensure students apply skills toward projects benefiting their peers, families, and communities. Research shows the Learn-Do-Teach methodology increases retention to 90% compared to 30% for traditional learning alone. Pay-it-Forward puts skills into practice, instills confidence, and starts young people on the path to become active community leaders. We use this model throughout our nonprofit programs.
LEADERSHIP & ENTREPRENEURSHIP INCUBATOR (LEI) PROGRAM
Professional Development | Job Readiness | Entrepreneurship
WHAT MAKES THIS PROGRAM UNIQUE
Cross Border Collaboration |Teacher Engagement |Community Reinvestment (Pay It Forward)
The next generation of African youth are unprepared for life beyond the classroom.
By 2020, over 50% of the working population in Sub-Saharan Africa will be youth aged 15-29. Employers and governments identify a specific set of skills needed to positively shape Africa’s future; growing youth must be equipped to tackle life’s challenges and influence change.
The Leadership and Entrepreneurship Incubator Program is a supplement to education, with a 3-year curriculum that packs in practical skills designed to assist youth in making the transition from the classroom and beyond.
The key areas of focus are developing life skills (leadership, work ethic, communication), preparing for job readiness (problem solving, teamwork), and inspiring the vision necessary for entrepreneurship.
Upon completion of the 3-year program, participants have the necessary skills to enter the job market and start their own businesses, though many also continue onto higher education in pursuit of their personal vision.
LEI PROGRAM IMPACT
confident expressing opinions to elders
have skills to save, budget, and earn money
knows entrepreneurship is a viable career path
have a detailed action plan to achieving goals
WEZESHA VIJANA PROGRAM
Health & Hygiene | Finance and Business Skills | Social Skills
Cultural norms create gender barriers that prevent girls from attending and excelling in school. They also lack knowledge and tools needed to become confident and self-sufficient women. These challenges are amplified for girls from rural communities.
Wezesha Vijana provides tools and training to educate, elevate, and empower girls.
These include building peer support networks such as girl-led school clubs, fostering greater communication between parents and their daughters, educating girls in sexual maturation, reproductive health, and children’s rights, mobilizing young women as community mentors and role models, and teaching boys to be a support system and an ally to the girls.
Data and stories show the girls in our programs make healthier choices, which improves their attendance in school, and improves their academic performance. Hear directly from several of our girls and mothers.
The results are that educated girls who have access to feminine hygiene kits and quality training are on their way to becoming healthy women in business and in life.
WEZESHA VIJANA PROGRAM IMPACT
performed better on national exams
confident in refusing sexual advances
schools reporting improved attendance of girls
understand HIV transmission and prevention
ACCELERATED LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM PROGRAM
Intensive Teacher Training | Learner-Centered Educational Model | Digital & Low-Cost Resources
- Teachers desire using learner-centered techniques but lack necessary training and tools.
- Current classroom learning not sufficiently preparing youth for life
- Significant gender disparity in the classroom (only 5% of girls in Tanzania graduate high school)
Asante Africa Foundation’s Accelerated Learning in the Classroom Program provides teachers with Learner-Centered Educational Models, Intensive Teacher Training, and Digital & Low-Cost Resources with a focus on creating a highly engaging learning environment for students and the support teachers need.
Recent Outcomes and Trends
3,000 teachers trained to use digital resources and learner-centered methods, impacting over 25,000 students and counting.
Recognized as cost-effective, sustainable, and nationally scalable by 3rd party and government.
Teachers and student actively using digital tools in classrooms with improved academics
Creating a collaborative work environment with school leaders and teachers
ACCELERATED LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM PROGRAM IMPACT
teachers using the internet as resource
students with increased confidence expression opinions
students with stronger English and critical thinking skills
teachers creating learning materials digitally
For talented young students coming from rural communities that don’t have the means to pay for school, scholarships are crucial. It spells the difference between staying at home, and being given access to quality education that leads to improved circumstances and future successes. This is what makes the scholarships one of our key nonprofit programs for African Youth.
Scholarships are funding opportunities for students that meet specific criteria. It includes meeting academic standards, acceptable behavior in school, and ongoing family engagement to ensure a student’s best possible results.