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Scholarship for students of Inspiration- Brit Olam

Empower college students through education, knowledge and social arts. Today, education is the main key that enables upward mobility on the socioeconomic scale. Here is your opportunity to help these students gain what every person deserves: the chance to escape poverty by a college education.

"Happy is the man that findeth wisdom and the man that gains understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold"
(Proverbs, 3:13,14)

The Inspiration International Academy

IIA is an International Art and Leadership Educational program offering talented and ambitious students a unique chance to acquire a wide range of artistic and leadership skills. The four-year program is a joint venture of Inspiration, Brit Olam, Topaz and the Nagenda International Academy of Art and Design (NIAAD). 

Art and international volunteerism are both important motors for social change. While combining it with global and community volunteerism, taking the position of formative social leadership brings the relationship between Art and society to its peak. The artistic expression may lead to unconventional results in challenging situations. It can be used to empower individuals and communities and to make them sustainable economically. It can raise awareness, and it can be used as a therapeutic tool. Around the world, artists are working with diverse communities to create positive change through participatory art making processes.

The program is comprised of two years of intensive extra-curricular studies in the areas of community development, leadership and social entrepreneurship and enable the young artists to expand their expertise in a wide variety of social change methodologies embedded into creative artistic activities. During the second year, the students are expected to implement their supervised fieldwork knowledge that will accompany their training. By developing and honing their creative and artistic abilities, the students will be given the opportunity to learn and experience the arts professionally. They will become creative, and ecologically sensitive entrepreneurs. Thereby, enabling them to use their abilities to sustain themselves economically, enjoy a brighter personal future and become innovative, responsible and industrious members of their society.

Our Sponsorship programs focuses on helping students that cannot afford higher education with the opportunity of succeeding in their world, and encourages a wide social changes through arts. 

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Around the world, artists are working with diverse communities to create positive change through participatory art making processes. Various terms are used to describe this diverse field, each with its own nuanced goals and practices. These include art for social change (ASC), socially engaged art, community-engaged arts, community cultural development, cultural mediation, eco-friendly arts, social innovation arts, and participatory arts. In addition, arts education, recreational arts, creative arts therapies, popular education and visionary leadership processes can be closely related to these forms.

Scholarship programs:

Distance learning class

Distance learning computer class: 

The COVID-19 pandemic brought the need for distance learning. Various platforms such as cloud-based technology books, filmed lectures that can be viewed free of charge, or digital learning environments that offer interactive exercises and online texts for all types of learners, are just some of the technological options available with the transition to distance learning. 

To enable students to access these long-distance opportunities, we are currently offering focusing on developing a distance learning centre that will provide the students exposure to the best knowledge in SoArt. Expert volunteers will conduct online learning from Israel and other countries. To run the classes, we are proposing scholarships that will allow each pair of students one computer.

  • $1,200: Supporting a computer for two students at the cost of $1,200
  • $600: Supporting one student at the cost of $600

A donor who donates a computer for two students will be named on the opening screen (or the name of whomever chooses) as a token of gratitude. Students in the group will also prepare a graphic document that expresses and reflects the donor's contribution to digital development.

Support a student's practical studies:

Students projects will be sustainable development projects based on fair trade principles, focusing on the export of local Ugandan artifacts, similar to Inspiration Mirembe program.   

The students will be working in teams of 3-4 students each. 

  • $6,000: Supporting a full project at the cost of $6,000
  • $3,000: Supporting half a project at the cost of $3,000
  • $1,000: Supporting the project at the cost of $1,000
  • $500: Supporting the project at the cost of $500

The names of the project supporters will be fully displayed in all project documentation. For donors who finance a full or half of a project ,the project will be named after the donor or on the name of a designated person.

IIA Campus

Support a student's livelihood:

Many of the IIA students come from a very poor socioeconomic background. Some of them are IDP’s (internally displaced people) in Uganda, as well as refugees from neighboring countries. We are committed to offering our students scholarships to enable them to both live and study in fair and reasonable conditions. We would be most grateful for your support of our livelihood scholarship programs in any of the following ways:

  • $1,800: Annual full year scholarship at the cost of $1800 (can be paid monthly, $150 per month)
  • $150: Monthly scholarship at the cost of $150 per month

Sponsors who support a student for a full year will be presented with three paintings or similar artworks from the students as a sign of gratitude for their support.

Support a student’s tutoring fees:

  • $1,200: Annual full year scholarship at the cost of $1200 (can be paid monthly, $100 per month)
  • $400: Semestrial scholarship at the cost of $400

Students will present their sponsors with one or more works of art during the year to illustrate their progress. Additionally, sponsors who support a student for a full year will be presented with 3 painting or similar artworks from the students as a sign of gratitude for their support.

 If you have not found a suitable option for you to donate, please contact us and we will be happy to tailor an option for you.

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Our Team

Staff:

Students:

Alphonse was born on 12.06.1997. He completed a Uganda Certificate of Education and is currently pursuing a certificate in art and design at NIAAD. He wants to become a professional visual artists. He intends to start recording music videos. His music will be about peace, justice and awareness. Apart from that Alphonse wants to open an art studio where he can display a collection of his paintings and designs.

Monica is a Ugandan born on 10.07.1998. She is currently pursuing a diploma in fashion and design from NIAAD. Before joining NIAAD, Monica completed a Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education. She now wants to start a fashion and design collection. She recently contested under National Unity Platform (political party led by Hon. Bobi Wine) as secretary for student’s affairs, a political position in Uganda’s government.

Mercy was born on 07.03.2000 in Uganda. She completed Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) and is currently pursuing a diploma in fashion design. Away from school Mercy practices styling and poetry majorly. She loves styling because it’s easier to gather various pieces of work that Portrays a huge story which is soul touching and life changing. She is now working on an upcoming styling experience that she expect should lay a foundation for her career as a stylist (kashwitie-styling-experience on Instagram). After her course and after IIA, she wants to be a role model and to create valuable art pieces that will reflect culture, peace, diversities, etc.

Henry Osman was born on 02.02.1989 and is a Sudanese national. He completed Sudan Certificate for Senior (S.6). He was raised by a single mother who also educated him and still paying for his course at NIAAD. He is currently pursuing a diploma in visual communication and design. Henry wants to continue to do painting after completing his course and after IIA. His passion is rooted in drawing and photography for charity. He wants to use art to advocate for social transformation.

Eric is a Kenyan national. He was born on 05.08.1989. Eric completed a Kenyan certificate of secondary education. He is currently pursuing a diploma in textile and jewelry design. He has strong passion for art and poetry. He wants to be a singer and a motivational speaker. Before joining NIAAD, Eric was making bracelets, beads and jewelry and selling some of the pieces to raise money. He uses beads and fish lines to design. Other than that, he has also designs and prints different country flags and sell them to people who need to use.

Julian was born on 11.10.1996 in Nebbi district, Uganda. He completed a Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) and now pursuing a diploma in fine art. Julian got inspired in 2010 while he was at a high school to practice art. During his high school vacation, he designed sign posts, banners, flyers and t-shirts for companies and other business enterprises in exchange for money. After his course, he wants to open up an art studio, where he can train children, especially street kids to learn how to draw and paint.

Cornelius was born in Uganda on 26.03.1998. He completed a Uganda Certificate of Education. Cornelius is now pursuing a diploma in visual communication. While away from school, he practiced art by designing art pieces about economic situations in the country. He sells his art pieces. Cornelius also does animation and use them to display messages and awareness to his audience. He wants to open up a graphics and design studio after his course and after IIA. Cornelius now intends to become a social entrepreneur.

Maureen was born on the 23.10.1996. She completed a Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education before joining NIAAD. Maureen is currently pursuing a diploma in fine art. She has been writing poems and recording them in order to pass a message and awareness to her audience about HIV/AIDs and other diseases in the community. She strongly believes in co-existence and wants to be an activist to inspire men and women to appreciate and live in harmony with each other and with nature. Her overall goal is to create social change.

Jackeline was born in  Uganda on 02.09.2002. Before her certificate at NIAAD, she completed a Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE). She is now pursuing a certificate in fashion and design. She loves fashion and design. During school breaks, she sells commodities at her mom’s shop in Kampala. After her course and after completing IIA, Jacky wants to be a social entrepreneur and to become one of the leading fashion designers in the world. Her plan to start a fashion studio is to inspire other young women like her to dream bigger.

Bruce was born on 07.02.1994. He grew up with a single parent (mother). Before joining NIAAD, Bruce completed a Uganda Certificate of Education, S.4 (grade 10). He is currently pursuing a diploma in fine art from NIAAD. He has done a number of wall paintings and picture frames, some of which paid him a living while on campus. His dream now is to open up a gallery where there are collections of paintings from around the world. Bruce wants to spread knowledge and awareness using art. He intends to start an orphanage center and to teach them art.

Emma was born on 02.12.2000. He completed a Uganda Certificate of Education before joining NIAAD where he is now pursuing a diploma in visual communication and design. Away from school Emma volunteers at his church as a photographer and videographer. In that way he practices his skills that he learns from school. After completing his course and after finishing IIA, he wants to be a role model and inspiration to others by starting a studio of his own.

Grace was born on 03. 12.1998. Before joining NIAAD, he completed Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education, s.6 (12th grade). Grace is currently pursuing a diploma in visual communication from NIAAD. He is a follower of Christ and believes in living a good example to the others. He wants to use art to create awareness about issues related to diseases, lifestyles, bad cultures, and many more. He is very passionate about climate change. After completing his certificate and the IIA program, Grace intends to start up a social enterprise and use it to inspire youths who have lost hopes.

Usi was born in Kenya on 19.04.1989. Before joining NIAAD, Usi completed a senior two (Kenyan Certificate). He worked in sculpture studio back in his home country prior to joining NIAAD. His dream now is to become king of Art and design. After graduating and completing honors (IIA), Usi wants to become a teacher in an art institution so that he can support other young artist to realize their God given potentials. His skills could help many more people in the community if he ever got the chance to.

Mellon was born on 17.08.2001 in Uganda. She completed a Uganda Certificate of Education and later joined NIAAD to pursue her certificate in fashion and design. Mellon wants to be an activist, a role model and an agent for social transformation. She wants to use her art to influence change.

Samuel was born on 8.08.1998. He completed a Uganda Certificate of Education (S.4) and currently pursuing a certificate in Art and Design at NIAAD. After his certificate, Samuel wants to start a diploma in videography and photography at the same campus. He currently practices painting and intends to do it at a much higher level. Samuel likes to watch movies in most of his free times.

Kisaakye was born on 18.03.2000. Sandra completed a Uganda Certificate of Education and is currently pursuing a certificate in fashion and design at NIAAD. Her passion is to inspire people through fashion and design. She is interested in interior designing, painting and computer aided designs. Sandra is currently volunteering at Topaz-Inspiration to assist with coordination of IIA international teaching sessions in Uganda.

For any further questions, you are most welcome to contact us.