“The greatest challenge I face as a student adviser is convincing interested applicants that we are a real organisation offering financially challenged individuals in Africa and the world the opportunity to earn, through online study or blended learning, quality, internationally recognised degrees from reputable partner universities, at a fraction of the cost thanks to the UNICAF Scholarship Programme.”
The Internet explosion has led to an infinite number of online degree programmes on offer. This never ending range of online university degree programmes, makes choosing the right one a difficult procedure, because of the many parameters one has to consider. Corporations, businesses and employers in general favour candidates who hold degrees from internationally recognised institutions. However, many people living in developing countries, far from urban areas, and with limited incomes, don’t have the option to travel abroad for their studies. So, they can either study online, with a university based in a far-away country, usually offering little support and leaving students to their own devices, or enrol with a local university, which may have limited options to offer.
UNICAF staff in different cities around the world are always ready to support charity events with all their heart. So they would not have missed the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon, which is a landmark event in the annual calendar in Kenya. The marathon run is the flagship of the bank’s charity project ‘Seeing is Believing’, a fund raising initiative for visually impaired citizens in need, which aims to help fight blindness in Kenya.
The visit to the Kalimba Reptile Park, near Lusaka, was an exciting day trip for 45 UNICAF students in Zambia in November. The event, organised by UNICAF, was a huge success, with the students enjoying games of scrabble, volleyball and pool and then taking a guided tour of the park. Conquering their fear of snakes, some students dared to hold a trained python; they also learned interesting facts about Africa’s reptiles, and saw some of the most dangerous species living in the Park. The Park rangers explained to the group what to do if a crocodile attacks, as well as which types of snakes are poisonous and can paralyse or kill humans with their poison. Zambia’s oldest crocodile, 65 year old ‘Mr Chongwe’, was also visited by the students. The rangers explained the medicinal value and uses of the different kinds of indigenous trees growing in the park.