The Tertiary Education Scholarship Trust.
TEST for AFRICA is a UK Charitable Trust registered in 2008 by the UK Charity Commission (number 1124600). TEST aims to fund the further education of African students.
TEST for AFRICA was formed by a group of graduates from Linacre College, Oxford University together with Jennie Travers, who’s late husband John pioneered the formation of the charity Schools Around The World at his company, Cushman & Wakefield.
Its aim is to aid the social and economic development of Africa by enabling bright but needy students to receive undergraduate education at local public Universities and Polytechnics against their personal pledge to work for the benefit of their communities and their nation upon graduation.
The fundamental philosophy behind the formation of TEST for AFRICA is the belief that one of the causes of poverty in developing countries is a lack of education. By enabling bright, yet financially challenged Africans the opportunity to undertake local tertiary education through a programme of means tested scholarships in exchange for a personal bond requiring them to remain in their country of origin, graduates are expected to make significant contributions to the social and economic development within their communities and their country.
Having commenced in Ghana, TEST for AFRICA is continuing to establish a network of local charities in those African countries which have a record of democracy and stability. Our charities in Africa are organised and managed by local residents, the majority of whom have received postgraduate education at the University of Oxford (Linacre College).
TEST for AFRICA provides both full and partial scholarships for undergraduate study in a wide spectrum of academic and practical subjects which in the opinion of the local Trustees are best oriented towards the social and economic development needs of their countries and their communities. Awards are biased towards females (60:40) from the poorest regions of the countries, for University education (60:40) where appropriate, and are also available to handicapped students. Scholarships are offered to both new and to continuing students, and are reviewed annually against both need and academic performance. Those scholars graduating with First Class Honours degrees are invited to apply for the Norman & Ivy Lloyd Scholarship at Linacre College, Oxford University which provides full funding for one year’s Master’s degree studies in a subject of their choice. All Trustees of both TEST for AFRICA and their network of local charities, as well as local Universities and Polytechnics provide their services pro-bono, and consequently TEST for AFRICA Trustees guarantee that 100% of all donations received are disbursed for the education of the scholars. Moreover, each member of the TEST family is required to be transparent and publishes Annual Reports which are available on their web-sites. TEST for GHANA is currently organising both a job counselling programme and the formation of an alumni association, which members of the TEST African family will eventually follow as part of their evolution.
Since inception in 2008, TEST for AFRICA has made in excess of 500 scholarships awards in both Ghana and Malawi, and is currently aiming to begin operations in Uganda in 2012.
The ultimate aim of TEST for AFRICA is to provide support to enable the local TEST charities to become self-sustainable.
The TEST for Africa Websites have been re-designed and re-launched. The new sites are designed to be more user-friendly and enhance user-friendliness.
The first TEST for Africa Annual Report, published in April 2010, is available here.
The first TEST for Ghana Annual Report, published in April 2010, is available here.