FAQs

What is ASEF?

Who is an ASEF beneficiary?

What support does ASEF provide?

How are the beneficiaries selected?

How does ASEF work with students?

What is ASEF?

  • What is ASEF?

African Students’ Education Fund (ASEF) is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to vulnerable yet bright secondary school students in Rwanda. ASEF works as an INGO under the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) and holds 501(c)3 status in the United States.

  • How many students does ASEF support in Rwanda?

In 2020, ASEF is supporting over 1,200 students across 12 districts of Rwanda.

  • In which districts of Rwanda does ASEF support students?

Southern province: Kamonyi, Ruhango, Nyanza, Gisagara

Northern province:  Rulindo, Gakenke, Burera, Musanze

Western province: Nyabihu, Karongi, Rutsiro

Eastern province: Rwamagana

  • Is ASEF expanding activities in more districts in Rwanda?

ASEF does not intend to expand into additional districts at this time. Expansion plans will be considered in the future.

  • When did ASEF start to operate in Rwanda?

ASEF started informally in 2007, achieving INGO status in 2013.

Who is an ASEF beneficiary?

  • Who is an ASEF beneficiary?

ASEF beneficiary is a promising and bright student who lack financial means to pursue secondary school education.  

  • Are there age limits for the ASEF beneficiaries?

Though many of the beneficiates are young, there are no specific age limits to who can be an ASEF beneficiary.

  • Is it a must that ASEF beneficiaries live in ASEF’s districts of operation?

Yes, the beneficiaries must from the mentioned 12 districts of Rwanda of ASEF activities.

What support does ASEF provide?

  • Does ASEF pay full tuition?

Yes, ASEF pays full tuition as it appears on the parent sheet provided by the schools.

  • Does ASEF pay teachers’ prime?

Yes, ASEF pays full teachers’ prime, a motivational bonus provided to students at Rwanda’s most competitive public schools.

  • What supplies are provided to all ASEF students?

ASEF provided the following supplies to ASEF students:

        • 6 large notebooks
        • 12 small notebooks
        • 15 blue and 6 black pens
        • Backpack
        • 10 packs of sanitary pads and sanitary belt for girls
        • sheet set (set of 2), towel
        • 20 rolls of toilet papers
        • 3 toothbrushes/toothpaste
        • 10 body soaps
        • 6 bars of laundry soaps
  • Do S1 and S4 receive the same supplies as students who return each year?

ASEF provides the following extra supplies to S1 and S4 students:

        • Mattress
        • Bucket
        • Clipboard
        • Mathematical set
        • Ruler
        • Blanket
  • What about girls? Are they given the same supplies as boys in the program?

Girls get extra 10 sanitary pads and 1 sanitary belt. Boys don’t get these supplies.

  • Does ASEF support students from private schools?

No, ASEF only supports students from the public schools as assigned by the REB (Rwanda Education Board) school allocations.  

  • Does ASEF support university students?

No, ASEF doesn’t support university students. With the Government of Rwanda’s support, university students are eligible for government loans.

  • When does ASEF supports end?

ASEF supports student until finishing secondary school.

How are the beneficiaries selected?

  • How does ASEF work with local authorities to select students?

ASEF collaborates with select district and sector authorities to identify the most qualified vulnerable and bright candidates.

  • What are the criteria of qualification?

ASEF considers the following students:

        • Entering S1 or S4 in the current academic year
        • Achieve division 1 or 2 in the previous academic year’s National Examinations
        • Perform in the top 10 of their class’s students with good behaviour
        • Qualify as financial ubudehe category 1 or 2, inclusive of Rwanda’s most impoverished families, as confirmed by the Local Administrative Entities Development Agency (LODA)
        • Live in ASEF’s districts of operation
        • Recommended by sector authorities 
  • When does the selection start?

Selection begins prior to the start of the academic year, once National Examination results have posted.

  • When a student is nominated at the sector level, does that mean he/she is guaranteed ASEF sponsorship?

The sector provides a list of candidates to apply for a scholarship. In doing so, the sector agrees to vet candidates of all ASEF criteria prior to nominating students. ASEF makes the final selection considering students proposed by the sector leaders.

  • Do sectors in each district share the same number of ASEF scholarships?

Selection is done at the district level, with every sector given an equal number of candidates to nominate for election.

How does ASEF work with students?

  • Why does ASEF visit students at schools?

ASEF visits students at schools to strengthen the relationships with school administrators and to see what activities that ASEF students are involved in. Through these visits, ASEF staff are also able to talk with school administrations about tuition issues and students’ wellbeing.

  • Why does ASEF visit students at home?

ASEF considers home visits as an opportunity to meet parents and to understand the life of students at home. Through these visits, ASEF staff are also able to understand the challenges that the students face at home and to see if they qualify for the program.

  • Does ASEF take into account the importance of discussing performance with students?

Yes, during each term, ASEF organizes students meeting to discuss performance with every student in one to one discussion. Students who performed well are encouraged to keep up, and fairing students are encouraged to perform well.

  • What opportunities are given to ASEF graduates?

Graduates are invited in meetings to support them in the university admissions process and sharing information regarding university opportunities and scholarships abroad.

  • What are the objectives of ASEF Internship program?

With the internship program, outstanding graduates are selected to work with ASEF in different activities to better prepare them for university studies and the competitive job market in Rwanda.