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The contemporary renaissance of Africa shows itself in the way many Africans are trying to assert themselves from the young to the old. Of late, many young people are nursing ambition and taking grassroots projects unto global heights. Social innovations (that crafts solutions for the problems that plague a people) promises to be one of the strong pillars that will support the future African society just like the sterling ideas of Edison, Aristotle and Graham Bell did for their societies. Like many of the springing social innovations, the Orange Scholar Initiative is one of such social interventions that hopes to re-write the rules of studying abroad as the preserve of the rich.
WHAT IS THE ORANGE SCHOLAR INITIATIVE
The Orange Scholar Initiative is an annual navigation of schools abroad with dynamic faculty and scholarship for brilliant but needy students in Ghana towards further studies.
The Orange Scholar initiative is carried out by volunteers who are students from Ghana's tertiary institutions. These volunteers visit youth groups and mostly third class schools to select students taking into key consideration the requirements of the partner institution. Students pay nothing for these services rendered.
THE 2011 PILOT PROJECT
The Orange Scholar initiative kicked off in 2011 after it had contacted and secured permission from the African Leadership Academy's Admission board to recommend students into the Academy. Our volunteers visited selected secondary schools in the capital to scout for students who possessed the traits that our partner institutions were looking for.Our volunteers help these students in completing their admission forms, travel to their homes to seek their parents consent and make them append their signatures and continue to guide students in the proceeding stages of the application.
As part of media publicity we were granted interview on Unique Fm's Curious Minds Show. One of our volunteers, Edith Asamani is co-host of the Unique Curious Minds show.
Out of 7 applicants recommended to the Academy, Joseph Opoku gained scholarship worth $48,000 for his two years course.
We hope to build more partnership with schools abroad and spread across Ghana so that we re-write the rules of studying abroad as the preserve of the rich.