By Working Group comprised: Anne Okello, Moses Lenga and Mildred Ruth Ogwal
A resolution was passed at the Zoom meeting of July 2019 that the Education Fund guidelines should to be revised to accommodate funding of girls at the verge of dropping out of education before the age of 20 years and orphans. Lango Community Trust had done a research and received an up-to-date report on the condition of girls and boys in Lango Sub-region from Overseas directors. Thus the guidelines have been carefully put together based on information from overseas at grassroots level Kwania Orphanage Education Centre (KOEC), Kwania, Apach, Dokolo, Otuke, Oyam and all the remaining districts, and from YAWODI Lira, Lango sub-region to targets youth in the sub-region. These have been put together by the UK board of trustees.
Applications for education fund/scholarship will be made via Lango Community Trust (LCT) head office in Uganda.
Mr Tom Oree, Director/Reporting Officer
Kwania Orphanage & Education Centre (KOEC)
P.O. Box 96 Aduku
Mr Joseph Apell, Director/Reporting Officer
Youth at Work Development Initiative (YAWODI)
P.O. Box 222 Lira,
Mr Julius Odwe
P.O Box 253
For information: www.langocommunitytrust.org
It is advisable that benefactors (donors/funders) and educators bear this in mind.
This paper has been put together considering issues around education, which includes education link and dropout rate of girls and orphans. The key issues being the disadvantaged and tackling poverty. Nominees may come from different types of home environments and facing challenges to gain qualifications. It is hoped that this will give young nominees the opportunity to progress in life and gain a better future.
The objective of the programme is to promote training young Ugandans in Lango Sub region, Northern Uganda who are eligible to pursue their education of vocational career goals and to implement LCT objectives (See LCT website). This is also inline with the joint action plan and agenda for United Nations.
The overseas contacts will provide the cost of Tuition fees plus other estimated costs in advance to the network.
The reporting officers in Uganda are to report scholars’ progress on a regular basis. This will be in form of a written report prepared by the teaching staff or academic advisors.
The paper may be used as aligned for LCT relations with future collaborators.
Duration of the Scholarship: This will depend on the training programme and the level of hardship as selections start from secondary school upwards. However the following areas will have been highlighted: Sciences, Teacher training, Engineering, and Nursing. While these areas will be considered, there is also a need to look at vocational training considering the need to build such schools in Dokolo, Kwania and Akokoro to be tailored to apprenticeship skills training.
Consideration of application
3.1 Admissions to the scholarship/fund are based on applications and interviews. Applicants should be either orphans or school age group 13 – 20 year olds or vulnerable girls coming from Lango-sub region without total financial support but with commitment to gain qualification at the end.
3.2 Applicants should be made aware that whilst funders are willing to show empathy, each application received is carefully screened to avoid false information. Applicants should also note that misleading information might lead to immediate withdrawal of the scholarship. Such decisions will be made by LCT and development networkers in London.
Other vulnerable groups
3.3 Applicants who are not orphans but feel their cases could be considered, (e.g., those with disabilities, girls at the verge of drop out and facing financial hardship) may apply as stipulated under 3.4 below.
3.4 Girls facing financial hardship (i.e., cost of books, examination fee and scholastic materials) will considered as “exceptional cases”. Applications will be considered but the number will be limited to availability of funding.
3.5 Applicants will be considered on individual basis taking into consideration gender, religion and geographical areas in Lango Sub region, Northern Uganda.
Condition and Entry Requirements
To ensure hard working applicants are selected, it is vital that selector(s) for the education fund clarifies the following points to nominees:
4.1 The purposes of the scholarship/fund, being prioritised to orphans and girls who are on the verge of dropping out due to lack of school fees, examination and book allows.
4.2 The procedures for selection for interviews for the fund/scholarship to be made transparent to cover its objectives and beneficiaries.
4.3 Selectors will consider interests and ambitions of applicants. This will be discussed at a sitting of the network as may be necessary.
4.4 Selectors to clarify the condition and terms of scholarship/fund before successful applicants enter into agreement.
4.5 Selectors reserve the right to ask for further information relating to any aspects of applicants via local representatives, parishioners and heads of clans, for details of parents and guardians, for example.
4.6 Information on nominees and academic reference given by representatives of applicants and will be double checked by procedures under 4.5 above.
4.7 Eligibility to scholarship/fund will require qualifications as outlined:
4.7.1 For entry to Senior Secondary and Advanced (A) levels, First Class grades, although exceptional cases will also be considered for 2nd class applicants.
4.7.2 For entry to undergraduate programmes, applicants are expected to obtain top grade or above average range in Arts, Sciences and other subjects.
4.7.3 For entry to Tertiary College, average or above average.
4.7.4 Training in other related institutions may be considered (e.g, midwifery, nursing and other health care professions, mechanical, and nursery teachers).
4.8 A progress report on performance of beneficiaries will be produced every term and put forward to the committee. Summative (exam based or continuous assessment) and Formative (mock papers) assessments will be acceptable.
4.9 Any applicant who meets the criteria for this scholarship may be given an opportunity for internship or opportunity to participate in related programmes.
4.10 Information on application for funding will be disseminated using appropriate means, e.g, LCT website and using cost-effective methods to target orphans and vulnerable girls.
These Guidelines may be revised from time to time depending on emerging issues, and in accordance with LCT objectives.
Anne Okello on behalf of
LCT/ UK Committee