Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort and Aujan Group Holding have partnered to establish the Aujan – Anantara Scholarship Programme. This initiative aims to grant access to college education to young individuals from the local Zenguelemo, Pangaia, and Sitone communities upon completing their secondary education.
The programme was launched by offering scholarship opportunities to 10 students from Zenguelemo Secondary School. These students were selected based on their academic performance and have been placed at Instituto Industrial e-Commercial “Eduardo Mondlane” de Inhambane, in Inhambane City. The scholarship programme will be a career launchpad for the local youth, which will see them studying a comprehensive hospitality course for a three-year-long period, with lessons covering theoretical hospitality foundation and English language classes.
This scholarship initiative reflects the resort’s commitment to enhancing educational opportunities for the local youth. In recent years, the resort has constructed three primary schools and one secondary school in the villages of Zenguelemo and Pangaia. Recognising education as a fundamental pillar for young populations, these efforts aim to provide alternative avenues for income generation beyond the traditional practices on Bazaruto Island.
Lourenco Zivane, Community Supervisor for Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort, stated, “Since the establishment of the resort at Bazaruto Island, Sheikh Adel Aujan, insisted on education for local children and the development of the island community. In his legacy, we aim to uphold his vision and support the sustainable growth of the young islanders.”
Yiannis Kosmas, General Manager for Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort, emphasized the challenges faced by the local island population in terms of higher education limitations. He explained, “To address this issue, we continue to invest in education initiatives for youth, and this scholarship programme will significantly contribute to equipping the selected learners with knowledge and skills that enhance their employability across various industries.”
Anantara is deeply committed to collaborating with guests and team members to contribute to social and environmental projects. The brand’s choices are driven by sustainable tourism, encompassing ecological resource conservation, positive community impacts, and sustainable growth integrated into each property’s operations. The goal is to preserve and nurture communities and environments, operating in a manner that benefits the local residents and ensures sustainability for future generations of residents and travellers. For more information about Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort, visit their website.