Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program e-Learning Initiative
Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program e-Learning Initiative addresses the disruption to learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It will strengthen Scholars Program partner universities to deliver high-quality and inclusive online instruction and provide virtual support to all students. It will also support the development of a community of practice in e-learning.
In phase 1 (September 2020 to March 2022), the initiative will focus on instructional design and pedagogy and content development and acquisition. An estimated 95,000 tertiary students could benefit indirectly from phase 1 through strengthened pedagogy and/or access to online content.
During the second phase (March 2022 to 2025), the initiative will be scaled to other institutions and countries in the Foundation’s network.
Mastercard Foundation will lead the design and delivery of the Initiative, in partnership with Arizona State University (lead trainer) and United States International University – Africa (network facilitator) and 10 Scholars Program partner institutions participating in the first phase.
Along with the Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in ICT, the Foundation will host and curate the content developed by participating universities. And support interested universities to develop and improve institutional platforms to host online content.
Proposal submissions from existing and new partner universities will be considered in the future.
During phase 1, the Mastercard Foundation will partner with the following institutions:
- African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
- American University of Beirut
- Ashesi University
- EARTH University
- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
- Makerere University
- United States International University – Africa
- University of Abomey-Calavi
- University of Gondar
- University of Rwanda
Reeta Roy, President & CEO, Mastercard Foundation
“We have the opportunity to develop a community of practice to learn from each other’s work to digitize education. And we have the opportunity to work together to shape education across Africa.”
Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
“We now have the means to work with every learner in whatever modality they are learning. Because of digital technology, we have the ability to customize to any individual learner.”
Professor Freida Brown, Interim Vice Chancellor, United States International University – Africa
“This agreement will bolster our e-learning capacity — building alongside 21 other participating international universities and strengthen the Scholars Program partner universities to deliver high-quality and inclusive online instruction and provide virtual support to all students. It will also support the development of a community of practice in e-learning.”