Iduka is proud to announce a partnership with Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID) Organisation based in Sierra Leone. AID began as a youth services agency but, after incredible success, has expanded to encompass broad-based programmes that offer educational and vocational training, advocacy for human rights, and services that promote the development of whole communities.
Founder of AID, Sylvanus Murray, facilitates computer training
AID has now taken on the role of Iduka Field Partner as part of Iduka’s Africa Pilot Project (iAPP), and will have the important responsibility of selecting, supporting and developing Iduka’s scholarship recipients. Mr. Sylvannus Murray (pictured) is the founder of AID and is now a Vice Chair on the Executive Committee for Iduka, assisting student development in West Africa.
As an iAPP Partner, AID has several key responsibilities, including:
- The selection and submission of students for Iduka’s scholarship scheme
- Reviewing student candidates that are forwarded by Iduka (local students that have contacted Iduka directly)
- Personally interviewing student candidates
- Maintaining records of each student
- Assisting students with their online profiles and subsequent online profile updates
- Managing the scholarship moneys that are payable to the educational institution that the student is attending
- Conducting follow-up interviews to make sure the students are getting all the support they need, and are actively volunteering in their community.
Of course, no student can benefit from Iduka’s education scholarships without a committed Field Partner working within the community to provide the vital student support. Moreover, local Iduka volunteers rely on Field Partners such as AID for leadership, mentoring and opportunities to make a difference. The networks and relationships that will result from the AID-Iduka partnership will create international awareness of the importance of higher education in Africa, and this partnership will also offer more education, skills and livelihood opportunities for students in Sierra Leone.
Sylvanus Murray working with volunteers
Sylvanus Murray created AID in with the dream of establishing an organisation that advocates for the rights of humanity and offers services for the holistic development of people and their communities. Initially focusing on programmes such as education, health care, skills training, income generation schemes, youth empowerment and protecting women’s rights, the organisation soon expanded to include:
- Human rights education
- Gender and women empowerment
- Child welfare
- The eradication of human trafficking
- Good governance
- Sanitation and hygiene
- Peace and security…
… to name a few.
With this level of commitment to the development of African nations it is certain that, together, Iduka and AID (and all of Iduka’s partners) will push forward the post-secondary education agenda in Africa.