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Brilliant Student Award - 2012

An annual scholarship program funded by the Education Board of Africa Federation offering a onetime award of USD 5,000 to two students (one boy and one girl), who have displayed a consistent record of academic excellence.

Open to boys and girls who have achieved outstanding results at the Advanced level (Form 5 and 6 or equivalent) and wish to go for further studies.

Students are required to contact their local Jamaat or the AF Education Board for application procedure/form.

Jamaats under AFED are required to nominate and forward four proposed names (2 boys and 2 girls) to the Education Board by 15th September 2012. Hence students are required to submit their application to their Jamaat in good time. 

UCT Student Wins International Fellowship

flash_july2Making a change: Fatema Thawer-Esmail has had her scientific endeavours rewarded by winning an award that recognizes African women's contribution to science.

UCT doctoral student Fatema Thawer-Esmail was one of 10 African women whose work in the scientific field was recently acknowledged with a major international fellowship, replete with prize money of South African Rands One Hundred Seventy Thousand (ZAR.170,000).

The L'Oréal-UNESCO Regional Fellowships for Women in Science (FWIS) in Sub-Saharan Africa is given to women scientists up to age 40 who are working towards their PhDs. The fellowship seeks to remove one of the major obstacles to women pursuing a career in science - access to funds.

Thawer-Esmail hails from Dar es Salaam and qualified as a medical doctor in Tanzania before coming to UCT to study dermatology. Here she is a full-time research student, facilitates undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Division of Dermatology, and is in the process of completing a clinical-education course.

"This award means a lot to me being a non-South African studying in South Africa," she says. "It will enable me to complete my PhD by assisting me to cover my research costs.

"Furthermore it motivates me to encourage other female scientists both in Tanzania as well as South Africa, and serve as a role model to them."

Published in University of Cape Town Daily news – 25th July 2012 http://www.uct.ac.za/dailynews/?id=8188

The Education Board of Africa Federation congratulates Sis. Fatema Thawer – Esmail for her Outstanding Achievement. 

Universities in South Africa in Perspective

flash_july3To impart useful information to parents as well as to the students seeking higher education to look at South Africa as a destination, the Education Board of the Africa Federation invited two of our community students - Br. Sajjad Karamsi (of Nairobi Jamaat) and Sr. Sumaiyya Thawer (of Dar es Salaam Jamaat) who are currently studying in the University of Cape Town, who made an informative presentations on Higher Education in South Africa during the 73rd Supreme Council Session held in Arusha from the 27th -29th April 2012.

The presentations covered a brief introduction of the Universities in South Africa with a particular focus on the advantages of studying at the University of Cape Town.

The University of Cape Town is recognized as the best university in Africa – The Harvard of Africa, and has good relations with all other leading Universities. Studying in the University of Cape Town is more economical than studying in UK, US, Canada and Australia, and even less costly than some universities in Malaysia.

Tuition fees are approx ZAR 35,000 (US$4,500) per annum.

Accommodation and Living expenses is approx ZAR 45,000 (US$5,550) per annum.

Moreover, students from Tanzania and Madagascar have an advantage as they fall under the SADC (South African Development Community) Countries, hence paying the same fees as local South Africans. However, students who are Kenyan citizens pay an extra International fee of ZAR 28,000.

Southern African Development Community (SADC) Countries:

flash_july4Currently SADC has a membership of 15 Member States, namely; Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (Visit SADC Website for more information on SADC).

Cape Town has a well established Shia Centre having various religious activities, i.e. Dua-e-Kumayl and Jum'ah prayers being held every week. Daily program is scheduled in the month of Muharram and Mahe Ramadhan. The mosque is located only 15 minutes away from the University of Cape Town.

Students who require more information and guidance about the University of Cape Town are welcome to contact the following:

Sr. Sumaiyya Thawer - sumaiyya.thawer@gmail.com

Br. Sajjad Karamsi - sajjadkaramsi@gmail.com

Br. Mazaher Chagani - mazaher.chagani@aiesec.net

Students wishing to pursue a PhD at the University of Cape Town can contact Sr. Fatema Thawer-Esmail on fatemaht@gmail.com for guidance on grant applications.

The Africa Federation Education Board will be pleased to provide more details to students who are keen to study in South Africa, especially for higher education Email: education@africafederation.org


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