The grants, worth a total of 170,000 euros, are aimed at African female university students who wish to take one of the online courses offered by the two Canarian public universities within the framework of this initiative.
Madrid, December 10, 2020. This Thursday, the Department of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Regional Canary Islands Government and the Women for Africa Foundation opened the first call for grants under the Learn Africa Canarias program, aid aimed at African female university students who wish to take one of the five online postgraduate courses offered by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) within the framework of this initiative.
The launch of the Learn Africa Canarias program is part of the autonomous government’s commitment to the development of Africa and its women, as well as to promote online training in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also aims to stimulate entrepreneurship, employment and internationalisation among women on the neighbouring continent.
The scholarships, with a total amount of 170,000 euros, cover the registration fees and the fees directly related to the studies, such as those for issuing the degree, while also paying for different types of programs, but always in online mode: master’s studies, own degrees, specialised courses and language courses. They will be provided by the two public universities and their respective foundations.
The first call for these grants, which has been published on the website of the Women for Africa Foundation, includes 5 expert courses from the University of Las Palmas (ULPGC). In the next calls that will be opened throughout 2021, other types of studies will be offered, especially short specialised and language courses.
The Women for Africa Foundation has been developing the Learn Africa program for more than 7 years, aimed at African female university students, in collaboration with nearly 40 Spanish universities. To date, the program which is now being implemented in the Canary Islands has benefited 153 African students from 34 countries.