WelcomeWe are proud to present ESSA’s first digital Impact Report, giving an overview of our contribution towards transforming tertiary education in sub-Saharan Africa.
"ESSA has developed tremendously over the last three years. The seed-funding provided by us is offering high return on investment. I am excited to see ESSA growing further, to produce high impact for tertiary education in sub-Saharan Africa."
Joachim Rogall, President and CEO, Robert Bosch Stiftung
Professor Goski Alabi, lecturer and academic at the University of Professional Studies in Ghana, Sepiso Dean Mwamelo, an intern at ESSA working on social inclusion within scholarships, and Samuel K. Boafo, Head of Human Resource (HR) in Cal Bank in Ghana, tell their stories about social inclusion and the tertiary education system in sub-Saharan Africa.
“ESSA has been born out of teaching learners and training teachers in schools like ours. The idea that something so bold has been sparked and shaped by our views and those of the learners is inspiring.”
Magdalene Mtwele, Mafiga Teacher School, Tanzania
High-quality education in sub-Saharan Africa enables young people to achieve their ambitions and strengthens society.
Our mission starts with universities and colleges, using data and evidence to drive the change needed to improve education for young people.
WHAT WE DO
We identify the biggest issues in education, driven by needs of young people, educators and employers.
We join up those with power and influence: from governments in sub-Saharan Africa, to leaders in universities and colleges. We support them to use evidence to maximise their resources and attract investment.
By working together we turn evidence into action: improving education policies and delivery.
Identify the biggest issues in tertiary education
Build influential partnerships with organisations in Africa and beyond
Understand what data and evidence is needed for change
Turn data and evidence into practical solutions
Harness the power of Africa’s universities, colleges, and businesses to advocate solutions at scale
Improve education and increase work for young people in sub-Saharan Africa
Our work is aligned to Sustainable Development Goals: Quality Education and Decent Work, and the Africa Union Agenda 2063.
Our impactWe operate a cost-effective approach with a small, driven team working remotely around the world. Since start up, 33 students from across sub-Saharan Africa have worked with ESSA on our paid internship programme.
In our first three years we have worked on three complex areas to prove our model:
ESSA Sub-Saharan Scholarship Hub
Our online database matching students in sub-Saharan Africa with scholarship opportunities.
Graph to show the projection of faculty needed to meet policy goals in Ghana in 2025
Data in the graph below is from the Demographics of African Faculty study representing a prediction of how many more faculty Ghana will need by 2025, based on estimated student population growth.
We’re looking at an exciting 2020.
In order to create real change, we will increase our emphasis on building networks and establishing strong links with policymakers. We continue to expand on our current areas of work, taking the next steps to achieve impact in sub-Saharan Africa.
In addition, with significant support from Dubai Cares, we are starting to work on new focus areas in 2020:
Leadership in education with an emphasis on female leadership.
The impact of business engagement and internships for young people to access the world of work.
Establishing a monitoring and evaluation approach for the organisation to track impact.
To do this, we will build capabilities within the organisation and through new partnerships.
If you would like to help us with this, please get in touch.
“We believe this first ever intervention in tertiary education by Dubai Cares will help connect students and graduates to employment opportunities and will be central to developing successful and sustainable economies and societies.
This programme, which is in partnership with ESSA, presents an exciting opportunity for Dubai Cares to play a leading international role in contributing to the academic success of millions of students, boost employment in the long-term, and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.”
HE Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer from Dubai Cares
Women in Leadership - Life as a female Professor
Professor Goski Alabi is a professor at Laweh Open University College in Accra, Ghana.
We would like to thank our partners, funders and private donors for their continued support.