Netflix just announced the East Africa recipients of the Netflix Creative Equity Scholarship Fund (CESF) providing financial support to African creatives to access quality tertiary education in film and TV-focused disciplines. The scholarship fund for sub-Saharan students is part of Netflix’s global Netflix Creative Equity Fund.
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The Netflix Creative Equity Scholarship Fund celebrated the inaugural cohort of 46 beneficiaries from five East African countries (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan) at a ceremony held at Nairobi’s KCA University.
All the beneficiaries are eligible to receive a full scholarship which includes – tuition, accommodation, a living stipend and education supplies. The inaugural cohort of awardees have enrolled for certificate, diploma and degree courses as follows: 19 have enrolled in certificate programs, 22 in diploma programs and 5 in degree programs.
Furthermore, the largest group of beneficiaries are between the ages of 18-25 years. The program is currently being administered by HEVA Fund in partnership with Africa Digital Media Institute (ADMI); Kenya Film School (KFS); KCA University; Kenyatta University and United States International University Africa (USIU). The five institutions of higher learning in Kenya will support the formal qualification and training of aspiring creatives from the region.
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Since 2013, HEVA has generated insights, rolled out investments and innovated financial models specifically for the growth of the creative economy in East Africa. HEVA has invested in more than 40 creative businesses and directly supported over 8,000 creative practitioners in fashion, digital content and television, live music and gaming value chains. From Nairobi, Kampala, Kigali, Arusha, Lamu to Dar es Salaam, the creative sector is where the creation of new products and new cultural experiences is happening. Heva wants to be at the forefront of helping producers of cultural goods and services to build high-value, profitable businesses where new ideas will come to life, and where the highest potential for great profits, great jobs, and happy people will be found.