1 Million Scholarships For African Youths By 2020

1 Million Scholarships For African Youths By 2020

The 1 Million Scholarships Project will provide students from English Speaking African countries with a 4-year Bachelor’s degree. These countries include Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Challenge

The Islamic Online University (IOU) seeks to provide 1 million scholarships to impoverished and disenfranchised youths, who are currently being drawn into extremist groups like Boko Haram, Shabaab, Taliban, ISIS and Abu Sayyaaf. By offering an education to both males and females, IOU can uplift them to create a tangible and positive change in the continent as well as in the course of world history.

Status

At the beginning of 2012, the world population surpassed 7 billion, with 1.1 billion people living in Africa. Countries in sub-Saharan Africa have the youngest proportion of population in the world, with over 70% of the region’s population aged below 30. (Source: The World’s Youngest Populations, 2012) Today, only 6% of sub-Saharan youth are enrolled in higher educational institutions compared to the global average of 26%.

Project

The 1 Million Scholarships Project will provide students from English Speaking African countries with a 4-year Bachelor’s degree. These countries include Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Degrees

Students can choose from Bachelor programs in Education, Psychology, Islamic Banking and Finance, Information Technology, Business Administration, Islamic Studies or Arabic. All acquired knowledge courses are taught from an Islamic moral perspective. Students will graduate as upstanding citizens of their various countries, capable of instituting real change in their future direction. IOU will soon offer Bachelor degrees in Mass Communications, Public Health, and Agricultural Economics as well.

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