The Mastercard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. The Foundation’s work is guided by its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion for people living in poverty. One of the largest foundations in the world, it works almost exclusively in Africa. It was created in 2006 by Mastercard International and operates independently under the governance of its own board of directors. The Foundation is based in Toronto, Canada.

EDC first partnered with Mastercard Foundation in 2014 for the Akazi Kanoze 2 workforce development project in Rwanda, in which we worked with the Ministry of Education to implement our Work Ready Now curriculum and school-to-work transition services in schools throughout the country.

Since 2016, we’ve been working on the five-year APTE-Senegal project to prepare 30,000 young people in Senegal for employment. The project is building national capacity to integrate foundational and entrepreneurial skills, as well as transition-to-work services, into lower secondary and technical and vocational training schools.

We are pleased to contribute our expertise in education and workforce development to the Mastercard Foundation’s efforts in Africa.

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