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  • Thabiso Mnisi



Ashinaga is a Japan-based non-profit organization, which provides educational and emotional support to orphaned students. The organization has supported over 100,000 orphans in the last 54 years, and many of its graduates are actively contributing to society in a variety of fields across the world.

The Ashinaga Africa Initiative began in 2014. Its mission is to contribute to Sub-Saharan Africa’s expanding role in global development through increasing access to higher education abroad. We support orphaned students who are committed to returning home and initiating change by providing access to full financial support to study at a university abroad (equivalent to an undergraduate degree), including tuition, room, travel cost and other necessary fees.


Applications this year will be open to those who: 

  1. Have lost one or both parents. 

  2. Have completed secondary school and passed national secondary school examination (technical and vocational degrees not accepted) within the last two years (any date after 1st September 2017, including all of 2018 and 2019) or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results before February 28th, 2020.  

  3. Were born after 1st September, 1997. 

  4. Are regularly ranked in the top 10% of their class during their last 2 or 3 years of secondary school. 

  5. Are committed to return home, or to Sub-Saharan Africa, and contribute to society in Sub-Saharan Africa after graduating from university.

We are currently encouraging students to register for our programme using our online pre-registration form:

Applications will open on 2 September 2019.


This is a list of the documents you will need to submit as part of your application.

  1. Copy of national ID card or passport.

  2. Copy of term reports / high school transcripts (the last 2 years).

  3. Copy of final Secondary School Examination Certificate

  4. Copy of academic transcripts or diplomas from university/post-secondary institution, if applicable.

  5. Copy of death certificate of deceased parent(s), including the deceased parent's name, or alternative official documentation proving death of parent(s) or orphan status.

  6. Copy of birth certificate of applicant.

Successful applicants will be invited to a second application round in late January which will be open between 28th January – 28th February 2020. This second round will include additional questions and essays to help us better understand your leadership potential and how you intend to use your university education to help others in the future. 

Successful applicants from the second round will be invited to an assessment day in April 2020 where Ashinaga conducts individual interviews and sets an examination to better understand students’ academic abilities and career goals in Sub-Saharan Africa. Students must bring all original academic documents and identification documents to the interview. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the application process.

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