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Since October 2007, Studieren Ohne Grenzen offers a scholarship program in Kindu in the Eastern DR Congo. The program supports motivated individuals in Kindu with a scholarship grant. The grant assures access to university courses by covering tuition fees and through financial support for study materials. In addition, fellows receive subsidy for everyday expenses and are supported in case of illness. Altogether, the financial support amounts to ca. 1,200 Euro per year per student.
The scholarship program supports students in Kindu who
To promote equality of women and men we aim to assure a balanced ratio of male and female fellows — neither percentage may exceed 60%.
The scholarship program aims at more than just supporting academic studies. Thanks to the commitment of the supported students, the scholarship program intends to achieve a broader social impact:
In the long run, we intend to contribute to the education of a new generation that is not part of the powerful and rich elite, and that pursues a constructive development approach which it is able to concretely realize. We believe that this is particularly important in the DRC, as the existing elites often attained their positions by corruption and were sometimes even involved in war crimes. Deliberately, there is also a focus on peripheral regions that tend to be neglected in political decision-making.
Concretely, this means that we consider the scholarship grants to be a first step which is supplemented by the personal projects and the social commitment of the fellows, allowing a larger target group to profit from the scholarship program.
Studieren Ohne Grenzen is represented in Kindu by Apolline Vumbi and Basile Munonena who run the office together and contribute to the support of the scholarship students. They are in touch with university authorities and maintain contact to our local partners.
The German local groups involved in the implementation of the scholarship program are Tübingen and Freiburg. While the team in Freiburg is in charge of sponsorship relations, the team in Tübingen is responsible for mentoring scholarship students in their studies and personal projects, as well as facilitating contact with staff and partners in Kindu.
Exchange between the people responsible in Kindu and Germany is carried out through virtually daily contact via e-mail, providing a firm footing for the coordination of the program: In spite of the distance the team in Germany has a reliable basis for its decisions thanks to the close exchange and the local expertise of Apolline Vumbi and Basile Munonena.
Moreover, Studieren Ohne Grenzen is in contact with various organizations and partners in Kindu, that we can consult when deciding on more complex or long-term issues.
Particularly close is our cooperation with the Congolese non-governmental organization AJADE, whose representative Mr. Germain Musombo visited the local group in Tübingen in September 2010. At this occasion he gave a talk about the work of civil society organizations in the province of Maniema.
Born on Feb. 1 1980 in Wamaza in the Province Maniema, Apolline is the oldest daughter of Emile Vumbi and Jeannette Kipungu. She received a degree in pedagogy in 2001 from the TUJENGE institute and went on to work for a short period in the convent of the Soeurs Missionnaires de Notre Dame d’Afrique in Bukavu (South Kivu) and Goma (North Kivu) as a children’s caretaker. Thereafter, she moved to Kindu and enrolled in Kindu University where she earned a Master’s degree in Private Law in 2009. In December 2010 she began working for “Studieren ohne Grenzen – Students Without Borders” as treasurer and representative in Kindu. She is married and has one daughter, Thérèse.
Basile Munonena Ngalaba was born on July 2nd, 1962 in Mirambo (DRC province of Maniema). He is married and father of a son and seven daughters. His professional background includes experience in the fields of administration, community development and medical awareness rising.
Hotel Lualaba, Chambre 11
Avenue du Rail, numéro 57
Centre Ville de Kindu
Province du Maniema
For any further information about the scholarship program, please contact the team in Tübingen: gro.n1555974149ezner1555974149g-enh1555974149o-ner1555974149eidut1555974149s@udn1555974149ik1555974149.