Dereja Academy

About Project: Dereja Academy is an accelerator placement program organized for graduating year students. The program is different from any other training program as it is an application-based program for students who are ready to make it to the job fob market. The program has an intensive selection process and training that focuses on building their soft and professional skills. Each cohort is sized for available demand for an entry-level job as it is already known beforehand the number of entry-level jobs that will be posted on

Target beneficiaries of the program: Direct beneficiaries of the program are graduating class students. The program recruits’ students from all backgrounds (rural and urban communities, members socioeconomic status and gives high priority to women). From the pilot program even though it was launched only in Addis Ababa; 56% Female, 45 % Male, 70 % Urban, 30 % Rural and 2% Students with disabilities and low economic background were the participants. With the partnership with Mastercard Foundation Dereja aims to scale the program in the selected universities every year to impact more graduates become skillful and professional and secure employment. Dereja aims within the Academy program for 10,000 students to find fulfilling and dignified jobs within 5 years as direct placement (Student ratio: 70% female, 10% of students with disabilities and low economic background).

Expected outcome: The program is expected to reach 10,000 young people within 5 years and place 90 % within the 6 months of there graduation. Every year more employers will be registered with Dereja.

Response to Covid-19: Dereja academy program is currently being conducted through a virtual platform and engagement of students are constantly evaluated.


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The Mastercard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. All people, no matter where their starting point in life, should have an equal chance to succeed. We believe that with access to education, financial services, and skills training, people can have that chance.