African Scholarships Program – 2019 Report


The International Open University (IOU) endeavours to strengthen the capabilities of African youth through the provision of quality higher education. Earning a university degree, helps disadvantaged students create a beneficial livelihood for themselves and in turn others, as well as empowering them adequately to work towards the eradication of poverty in their communities.

In 2017, IOU launched the African scholarship project with the aim of educating one million African students by 2020. Perhaps it was over-ambitious for us to think that we could reach this honorable goal in such a short period of time given the enormity of the undertaking. Yet we hope that with the help of Allah and the continuous support of generous donors, we can accomplish this goal by 2030, In shaa Allah.

Alhamdulillah, we collected approximately US$ 998,000 over the last two years from various crowdfunding campaigns, donations on this website, and local donations. However a portion of it had to be allotted for advertising costs, marketing consultancy fees, and payment processing fees. After deducting the above mentioned expenditures we were left with approximately US$ 793,000 as working capital for the project.

Over the last two years, we’ve granted scholarships to 788 students in 12 African countries. Below are the numbers of new students enrolled in each of the four semesters since the project was launched, as well as their countries and genders.

New Scholarships per Semester

Semester Scholarships
Fall 2017 122
Spring 2018 186
Fall 2018 190
Spring 2019 290

Scholarships per Country

Country Male Female Total
Gambia 200 86 286
Nigeria 159 114 273
Ghana 43 16 59
Malawi 35 6 41
Kenya 26 14 40
Somalia 11 19 30
Sierra Leone 16 5 21
South Africa 12 6 18
Swaziland 6 9 15
Jamaica* 0 2 2
Tanzania 1 0 1
Uganda 1 0 1
Zimbabwe 0 1 1

Note: Jamaica being an African diaspora country, it has also benefitted from this project.

Learning Centers

Through our operations, we have discovered that disadvantaged African students cannot afford computers or internet connections and in many areas even access to stable electricity is a challenge. To enable these scholarship students to study, IOU has set up learning centers in several countries by renting premises or partnering with existing Islamic organisations. For learning centers that IOU has setup, it has equipped them with computers, desks, chairs, generators, etc. and students not only get to study the degree program free of cost, but they also get to use the facilities at these centers totally free of charge. Below is a list of centers that IOU has setup or partnered with.

Learning Centers Fully or Partially Funded

Country Center Name Launch Date
Gambia IOU Headquarters
21 Kanifing Mosque Road
Kanifing South, KMC
September 2017

IOU Ghana Office
House No. 4, Ahwei Allha Road, Accra

September 2017
Malawi IOU Malawi Office
ICBM, Chichiri, Blantyre
September 2018
Lilongwe Learning Center
Muslim Association of Malawi, Lilongwe
September 2018
Zomba Learning Center
Mubarak Complex College, Zomba
September 2018
Mama Khadija Center
Mama Khadija Girls Private Academy
Namwera, Mangochi
September 2018
Nigeria IOU Learning Center – Lagos
Harmony estate, Gbarada
Eleko, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos
April 2019
Penckers School
dawat Close, Isolo, Lagos
March 2018
Al Iman School
Dogon Dutse, Jos, Plateau State
March 2019
IOU Learning Center – Ogbomoso
Ilorin Rd, Isale General Ogbomoso
March 2018
Markaz Shuba’an
13 Kolawole ottun close
Alagbado oke odo, Lagos
March 2019
Sierra Leone IOU Sierra Leone Office
6E Old Railway Line
Tengbeh Town, Freetown
September 2018
Uganda Swahaba Center
Walukuba East Jinja
March 2019
Alban Center
March 2019
IOU Uganda Office
Mengo, Kampala
May 2019
Tanzania IOU Tanzania Office
Jamuhuri Street, Dar es salaam
June 2019

Learning Centers Self Funded

Country Center Name Launch Date
Kenya Mombasa Learning Center
MLC, Haile Selassie Ave., Mombasa
August 2018
Maarif Center
Muhoho Ave. South C, Nairobi
August 2018

As-sedeeq Foundation
Dolphin Estate, ikoyi, Lagos

September 2018

Ta’awunu Islamic Center
Darul Hijrah Street
Iwo Town, Osun State

March 2019

Unity Center
Unity Road, Ilorin, Kwara State

March 2018
South Africa

Miftahul Khair
3 Quail Street, Benoni

March 2019
Proclaim Center
4 Moonstone Street, Lenasia
March 2019

Nhlangano Center
Nhlangano Masjid
MR9 Road, Mshengu Street

March 2019
Msahweni Center
Msahweni Masjid next to Buy Cash Hardware
March 2019
Manzini Centre
Hypermarket bldg, Office 7
Plot 1210, Manzini
March 2019
Mphofu Center
Mphofu, No 6, next to
ekujabuleni Holliness Primary School
March 2019

Scholarship Costs

When the African Scholarships initiative was first launched, it was estimated that the cost of one scholarship would be US$ 560 per student for the entire four year degree of eight semesters. This was based on our sliding scale fee structure for students in Africa. However, faced with the additional support that IOU had to provide in terms of setting up learning centers and their maintenance, the actual cost of one scholarship became higher.

Funds Utilization

Working Capital $792,431
Cost of 788 scholarships ($560 per scholarship) $441,280
Expenditures for establishing and/or equipping centers $59,919
Operational costs of learning centers $133,095
Funds Remaining $158,137

Expected New Student Intake

New Scholarship Students Expected Growth


We would like to thank all of the donors and partners that assisted us in making it this far to change the lives of our scholarship students. You remain in our duas and those of the students who have benefitted from this program. We pray that Allah accepts your donation as a sadaqah jaariyah (continuing charity). We also hope that you will assist us in continuing this honourable goal for the coming years, as we expect to double the number of scholarship students over the next year. Please view the videos and photos below to see the impact that YOU have made! For more information, please contact us at


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