Our selection process is based on a detailed review of student profiles provided by well-vetted NGOs operating in different regions of the country. Based on our prescribed selection criteria, participating NGOs are invited to nominate a given number of eligible candidates from their respective operating territories. All the nominees from the various regions are then entered into a competitive pool from which our internal selection committee chooses the final scholars. The selected candidates become NEO Scholars for the duration of their secondary or vocational school experience. To ensure that each NGO nominates the most deserving students, we offer a fixed incentive amount per selected student to all participating NGOs. Thus, the only way an NGO gets money from us is if at least one of its nominees is selected as a NEO scholar.
We are committed to developing direct relationships with our scholars, and enriching their educational experiences beyond simply paying their fees. For institutions in deprived areas, we will continue to seek ways to improve the quality of the education provided by our schools. Such assistance may be in the form of incentives to attract qualified teachers and/or provision of additional teaching and learning resources for qualifying institutions.
According to US Government estimates, more than 40 million primary school age children are out of school in Africa due to lack of resources. Consequently, as the overwhelming majority of Aid organizations and NGOs in Africa focus on increasing access to basic education, another large problem is unavoidably being created: immense pressure on poor parents and underserved communities to support their children through the next stages in the education cycle. Through the VSTEP initiative, we hope to relieve some or all of this strain in our target regions. Our value proposition lies in the following program features:
NGOs interested in participating in the VSTEP initiative are encouraged to contact us for more details about the vetting process and partnership requirements. Also, any deprived institutions that need assistance may contact us directly, or through any of our partner NGOs working in their respective areas. Due to our limited resources, all institutions should expect to go through a rigorous screening process.