Two Yale Students Will Use Grant to Start a Preparatory High School in Burundi

Wendell Adjetey and Etienne Mashuli
Wendell Adjetey and Etienne Mashuli

Two graduate students at Yale University have received a fellowship from Echoing Green, a New York City-based nonprofit philanthropic organization founded by the partners of General Atlantic, a private equity firm. The fellowship will enable the students to launch the Tujenge Africa Foundation in the nation of Burundi.

Wendell Adjetey is a native of Ghana and grew up in Canada. He is a doctoral student in history and African American studies at Yale. Etienne Mashuli is a native of Rwanda, who came to the United States in 2007 to attend North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. He is a master’s degree student in African studies at Yale.

echoing_greenThe two scholars will be given seed money to establish the foundation as well as the first English-language preparatory school and library in Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi. In addition to start-up funds, Adjetey and Mashuli will be mentored and have access to leadership development, networking, and technical resources. They will also receive a health insurance stipend.

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  1. In my view, this English-language preparatory school in Burundi will be implicitly used as an another launching pad for another White owned NGO to have virtually unfettered access into the country. I would venture in saying that both of the native born African graduate students are totally oblivious to how Echoing Green functions and let alone its history along with its “all White” Board of Directors”. If the literacy rate is an estimated 67 percent in Burundi (2010), one would assume they would be teaching such persons academic French language since that’s the national language.

    Last, any group that works (i.e., Echoing Green) in tandem with George Soros (i.e., Open Society Foundation) and the Clinton Global Initiative should definitely send out numerous red flags on any level about their true intent.

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