The MasterCard Foundation announced a $25 million commitment to the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).
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This commitment will enable 500 academically talented students from economically disadvantaged communities to pursue their Masters level education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
It will also support the creation of a teacher training program which will improve the quality of secondary-level math and science teaching in Cameroon.
“We are excited to collaborate with AIMS, an institution that is changing the way we view the continent,” said Reeta Roy, President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation.
“We share AIMS’ vision of an Africa whose vast pool of young talent becomes a source of home-grown scientific discoveries and innovations.”
AIMS will join a global network of 21 Scholars Program partners who are committed to educating Africa’s young leaders. The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program enables access to quality education and also fosters innate leadership abilities of its Scholars. The vision for the program is that Scholars will go on to use their knowledge and skills to lead change in their communities and contribute to meaningful transformation across the continent.
The partnership breaks new ground for the Foundation on a number of fronts such as STEM, co-op education program, teacher training, and women in science.
“Africa is undergoing unprecedented transformation and growth, thus investing in mathematical sciences is critical to drive the continent’s development forward,” said Thierry Zomahoun, President and CEO of AIMS.
“There is also a very practical reason: Africa will be home to 40 per cent of the world’s youth, 18 years old and under, by 2050. The world will need young scientists and Africa is the best place to develop them. AIMS’ partnership with the MasterCard Foundation will greatly contribute to making this vision a reality.” ■