The Mastercard Foundation that offers scholarships to over 1000 academically bright but economically disadvantaged youth from across Africa at Makerere University has issued a statement this morning saying that it is highly concerned about the ongoing violence.
The Toronto based organization said “The Foundation is deeply concerned about the violence taking place at Makerere University surrounding the student protests related to the fee structure at the university.
“The Foundation supports freedom of expression and believes in civil discourse. The Foundation does not condone violence in any situation.
“The Foundation is actively engaging with the leadership of Makerere University and with members of the Scholars Program Implementation Team to better understand the situation.
“Mastercard Foundation expects that the university will take all necessary steps to ensure all Scholars and students are safe and secure,” said a statement it issued this morning.
It should be noted that The Mastercard Foundation entered into a partnership with Makerere University to offer scholarships to 1,000 academically bright but economically disadvantaged youth from Africa to study at Makerere University from 2013 to 2023.
This means that the ongoing protests and violence at Makerere University is not only affecting students from Uganda but also those studying at the University from across many African countries.
The project that was launched in 2013 is worth US $ 20,989,965.15 and implemented at Makerere University with the aim of developing the next generation of African Leaders.
It also aims at promoting the strategic objectives of Makerere University and The MasterCard Foundation in contributing to Africa’s higher education sector and development.
The project is implemented under the leadership of the Planning and Development Directorate (PDD).
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Makerere University offers comprehensive student support, that includes, Tuition and Functional fees, Laptop, books and other learning materials, Accommodation, beddings and meals, Medical insurance, Stipend, Transport to and from home, Psychosocial and mentorship support, Capacity building training in leadership, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, Gender and Human Rights.