Just a few short years ago, 115 students in Uganda dreamed about one day having the skills and opportunities to make a difference in their communities. As the first class of MasterCard Foundation Scholars at BRAC Uganda to finish their secondary education, their graduation marks day one in turning those dreams—and dreams of a better Uganda for all—into a reality.
Though they come from 40 different districts, this first class of Scholars have confronted a range of obstacles—from financial barriers to lack of learning materials to family pressures and expectations—common to so many Ugandan youth. They know that completing their education is key to surmounting poverty. With the support of BRAC, The MasterCard Foundation, and sheer determination, they were able to overcome those obstacles to see graduation day.
Armed with self-confidence, knowledge and skills to achieve their dreams they’re already planning their futures as doctors, lawyers, policymakers, engineers and more.
Beyond their own personal ambitions, for many Scholars, their greatest hope is to give back to their communities—in both big and small ways.
As we celebrate the graduation of 115 students taking the first steps in realizing their dreams, this is also a Day One for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at BRAC Uganda. These students are our first graduating class of secondary school Scholars. Over the next 10 years, we’re dedicating $500 million to educate 15,000 students across Sub Saharan Africa. Students whose goals and ambitions are deeply personal. Together, they’ll transform lives, communities and eventually, the continent.
Program estimates as of January 2015.