Envision a World Where …
Mastercard Foundation Scholars Envision a World Scholars Campaign
Through Envision a World where each Mastercard Foundation Scholar expresses their ideas for change and the obstacles they have faced in order to obtain an education. All want to change the world around them and their ideas on how to do so are rooted in personal experiences. Together, this collection of individual accounts forms a vision of Africa from African youth.
We hope that their passion, determination and vision will inspire you to reflect upon how an enabling environment can unlock the potential of Africa’s bright, ambitious youth.
We envision a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. What do you envision?
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Abraham Tetteh Addy, Mastercard Foundation Scholar at Ashesi University
“I envision a world where the poor habits of improper waste disposal have come to an end.”
Abraham was one of the founders of the Ahote Sanitation Project, which is working to implement environmental sustainability practices in Berekuso, Ghana.
Yvonne Sihle Mashaba, Mastercard Foundation Scholar at the University of Pretoria
“I feel the itch to learn. I want to acquire knowledge that will help me fulfill my dream of ending poverty and unemployment around the world.”
Fanny, secondary school Mastercard Foundation Scholar at FAWE Rwanda
“Most of the challenges in my community are because of poverty and people are jobless. There is limited education for children. If you combine all that, life is not that easy. They’re thinking there is no hope for the future. I can help them understand that every star has its own time to shine, and if life is not easy today, it can be better tomorrow. We keep hoping that it will be better and we can search for it.”
Yidnekachew, secondary school Mastercard Foundation Scholar at FAWE Ethiopia
“I want to be involved in the construction side of engineering, especially architecture. If I complete my education, I’ll have a chance to help and support my family. I can take them away from poverty and also support my country and help it develop. I’d like to have an opportunity to help the poor.”
Vanesa, Mastercard Foundation Scholar at the Equity Group Foundation in the Wings to Fly program.
“A leader should always be an example to others. You should stand by your words even if you are not supported.”
Akol, Mastercard Foundation Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley
“I want to get involved in conducting civic leadership workshops where I can get youth to think about the critical issues affecting our society. That will help them make plans to make things better. I envision that civic leadership training will bring issues that do not seem apparent to light. That discussion is going to facilitate change around those issues. I’m talking about issues around health, educational opportunities, income distribution, and employment opportunities also.”
Maame, Mastercard Foundation Scholar at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
“[In my community], we have lots of young women or ladies who don’t aspire for [leadership] positions. They don’t believe in themselves to hold certain positions. They settle for something less. I think there should be a leadership course to enhance women’s self-confidence and empower them to hold certain key positions, just as the gentlemen are allowed to. I envision a world where women, children, and men are not discriminated against. People are looked at based on their abilities and capabilities.”
Mariama Salifu, Mastercard Foundation Scholar at Arizona State University
“Good leaders are people who care about the world and their communities. They are people who have the courage and persistence to pursue what they believe in. They are people who challenge the status quo to help people and to make the world a better place. I envision a world where lethal diseases like cancer can be treated in a matter of days and treatment will be made equally accessible to people who need it.”