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1 Million Scholarships for African Youths by 2020

Challenge

The fundamental idea is that of providing scholarships for the impoverished and disenfranchised youths (male and female), who are currently being drawn into extremist violent groups like Boko Haram, Shabaab, Taliban, ISIS and Abu Sayyaaf, etc., and making them a part of tangible positive change in the continent and 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 these English Speaking African countries with a 4-year Bachelors degree – Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, 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 in order for students to graduate upstanding honest citizens of their various countries, capable of instituting real change in their future direction. We plan to soon also offer Bachelor degrees in Mass Communications, Public Health, and Agricultural Economics.

Capacity

The Islamic Online University (IOU) is currently able to handle 2 Million students at one time, however the project would be rolled out in stages in order for the local on-the-ground infrastructure to be gradually developed to handle the annually increasing numbers.

The Plan

Starting in 2017, we plan to educate 100 students from each of the 10 countries, while following years we plan to multiply the number of students by ten times from the previous year, till we reach our goal of 100 thousand students per country in 2020.

YEAR STUDENTS
2017 1,000
2018 10,000
2019 100,000
2020 1,000,000

The Cost

The cost of a 4-year degree is only $560 per student and a portion of this cost will go towards the setup and running of IOU learning centers in the country.

YEAR STUDENTS COST
2017 1,000 $560,000
2018 10,000 $5,600,000
2019 100,000 $56,000,000
2020 1,000,000 $560,000,000

Progress

We have provided scholarships in Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, with 122 scholarships in the Fall 2017 semester and 243 scholarships in the Spring 2018 semester. We are also launching soon in Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa, Al hamdullillah.

Realities

There are however challenges in Africa where most students do not have computers, electricity is erratic, and the internet is expensive. The problem is be solved by the setup of IOU learning centers with computer labs and internet connectivity in collaboration with the governments, NGOs, and other charitable organizations.

$35

Educate a student for quarter of a year (1/2 semester) of their 4-year degree

$70

Educate a student for half a year (1 semester) of their 4-year degree

$140

Educate a student for a year (2 semesters) of their 4-year degree

$280

Educate a student for 2 years (4 semesters) of their 4-year degree

$420

Educate a student for 3 years (6 semesters) of their 4-year degree

$560

Educate a student for their 4-year degree

$1,120

Educate 2 students for their 4-year degrees

$2,800

Educate 5 students for their 4-year degrees

$5,600

Educate 10 students for their 4-year degrees

$11,200

Educate 20 students for their 4-year degrees

$14,000

Educate 25 students for their 4-year degrees

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