1 Million Scholarships for African Youths by 2030


The International Open 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.


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 Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


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.


The International Open 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 planned to educate 100 students from various African countries. In the following years, we planned to continue multiply the number of students each year, until we reach our goal of educating 1 million students by 2030 or beyond.

The Cost

The cost of a 4-year degree is only $1,400 per student and a portion of this cost will go towards the setup and running of IOU learning centers in each country.


Alhamdulillaah, in 5 years we have reached 20 countries and have offered scholarships to more than 4,000 students. As of 2023, we’ve granted scholarships across Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leonne, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. We have put out reports in 2019, 2022, and 2023 containing further details of what has been achieved so far.


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.

Our Charity Partner

The Global Open Learning Foundation is our official charity partner based in Malaysia, which collects donations for the IOU scholarship and sponsorship campaigns

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