Respite may have come the way of youths who have had their journey to education cut off by challenges. The Founder and President of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Aare Afe Babalola, has donated 10 million pounds to King’s College London to enable the institution offer transnational education.
The fund will enable King’s establish the Afe Babalola African Centre for Transnational Education which aims at providing education and opportunities for students who may not have access to such due to disruptions and conflicts.
The youths through this programme, will have access to both blended and online education as it makes available post-graduate level modules that will allow for professionally recognized qualifications from Diploma to Master degrees.
The donation will also provide scholarships to support outstanding youths who may be not buoyant enough to access their education.
According to Afe Babalola, “Partnering with King’s College London is one of the first universities in the world to appreciate the power of education to provide quality education for the underprivileged in the 1960s.”
“Is a project that is dear to my heart. This is because education is the unquestionable panacea to ignorance, poverty, extremism, religious bigotry and tribalism among all vices.”
In the words of Professor Funmi Olonisakin, Vice President International, Engagement and Service and Professor of Security, Leadership and Development at the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London, “Driven by our shared vision for youth education in Africa, the Afe Babalola African Centre for Transnational Education will deliver an enduring legacy for Africa’s talented young people.”