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1 Million Scholarships for African Youths by 2020

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%.

ProjectCountries in Africa in the IOU Scholarship Program

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.

Capacity

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

The Plan

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

IOU has 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 many challenges in Africa, where most students do not have computers, electricity is erratic and the internet is expensive. The problem is being solved with the setup of IOU learning centers fitted with computer labs and internet connectivity that is facilitated through 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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