Africa’s Enko Education Makes History at Yale College

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Johannesburg, January 31st, 2017 – Enko Education is very proud to announce the admission of its student Fred Jr. Ebongue Makolle to the prestigious Yale College in the United States. Fred is the first student from Cameroon to enrol at Yale College in at least 15 years [1]. He has been awarded a 92% scholarship, representing $180,000 over 4 years.

Yale University is part of the Ivy League, a group of world-renowned and highly sought-after universities in the United States, known for leading students to high academic excellence and bright careers. With an admission rate of only 6.3%, Yale is one of the most selective members of the Ivy League. Moreover, international students at Yale represent only 11% of the total undergraduate population.

Fred is an Upper 6 (Grade 12) student at Enko La Gaieté International School in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

“I am thrilled by this admission, and so excited to start at Yale. This admission could never have become a reality without the full support of the entire Enko staff: during the application process, I could easily approach any teacher whether it was concerning academics, getting a recommendation letter or reviewing my university application essays. Enko really made this admission possible” says Fred.

In small classes, never exceeding more than 24 students, Enko learners receive continuous support from their teachers, who are intensively trained by highly experienced international Heads of School. They are also guided by Enko’s University Admission Counsellors in the preparation of their applications to seek admission and scholarships to top universities and summer programmes. For instance, Fred, along with three Enko classmates, attended the Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) summer programme in July 2016. “The YYAS is a highly selective week-long academic enrichment programme designed for high-achieving secondary school students.” enthusiastically explains Laura Kaub, YYAS program manager.

Fred’s classmates also benefit from the Enko Education mission to provide an excellent secondary education and superior support services for their students to enter the world’s best universities. Over 60% of the class have already received conditional early admission to prestigious universities ranked in the world’s Top 100 such as Imperial College London, Durham University or King’s College London in the UK, as well as Hult Business School in San Francisco in the US.

The Enko Education group blossoms across the African continent. Founded in 2014 with headquarters in South Africa, Enko Education has 8 schools today in 4 African countries and aims to offer an outstanding international education at 40 schools in 20 countries within 5 years.

At the core of Enko Education’s mission is building and growing the African continent. “Helping learners across Africa to get in top universities matters: their eagerness to study abroad is strong and there are a lot of opportunities for them in top worldwide universities. Those going to these universities and choosing to return to their home country – we call them “repats” and not “expats” – reap the benefits of better employability, a more extensive network and proven entrepreneurial skills to start their own enterprise,” say Cyrille Nkontchou and Eric Pignot, co-founders of Enko Education. This mission is echoed by Fred; “My ambition is to come back home after my studies and teach at a local university in order to inspire a new generation of African leaders.”


 About Enko Education Investment

Enko Education is an Africa-wide network of secondary schools offering learners across Africa a launchpad to the world’s best universities. Enko Education builds on the educational programmes of first Cambridge International Examinations then the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Enko Education provides its students with a holistic education that is learner-centred and includes a strong monitoring and support structure for students and teachers, as well as intensive counselling in career choices so that fields of specialization and targeted universities can be successful decisions. Enko Education is currently present in Cameroon, South Africa, Mozambique and Côte d’Ivoire and aims to open 40 schools in 20 countries over the next 5 years.

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[1] Source: Yale Admissions department – Yale has digital access to the last 15 years’ admission

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