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Education Pages on Facebook

29 Apr

Regional Map of Africa

We invite you to use the pages linked below to promote education in your country. Even though the target of our pilot project is to promote and facilitate post-secondary education in Africa, we encourage you to use these pages to raise public awareness about any area of education relevant to your country.

Central Africa

CameroonCentral African RepublicChadDemocratic Republic of the CongoEquatorial GuineaGabonRepublic of the Congo, and São Tomé and Príncipe.

East Africa

BurundiEritreaEthiopiaKenyaRwandaSomaliaSudanTanzania, and Uganda.

North Africa

AlgeriaEgyptLibyaMauritaniaMoroccoTunisia, and Western Sahara.

Southern Africa

AngolaBotswanaLesothoMalawiMozambiqueNamibiaSouth AfricaSwazilandZambia, and Zimbabwe.

West Africa

BeninBurkina FasoCape VerdeGambiaGhanaGuineaGuinea-BissauIvory CoastLiberiaMaliNigerNigeriaSenegalSierra Leone, and Togo.

HOW CAN YOU HELP:

(1) participate, contribute, and stay on topic
(2) invite your friends to join these pages
(3) volunteer in a local NGO that cares about education

Thank you for caring about Education!

African Leadership Academy: Call For Scholarship Applications!

4 Mar

The African Leadership Academy Scholarship is still open to all youth between the ages of 15 and 19, but you need to act fast if you’d like to apply for the upcoming school year.

The African Leadership Academy (ALA) is a residential, secondary institution located in the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa for 15 and 19 year-olds, from all 54 African nations and around the world. It’s mission is to develop the next generation of African leaders and entrepreneurs and was just recently featured on CNN.

If you are interested in learning more about the program or know of someone who can benefit from this incredible opportunity to study at the Academy, please visit ALA’s website and download an application using this link.

If you have any questions, you may want to post them right here on this blog, Facebook page or LinkedIn group.

Application deadline is March 31, 2012.

How can I prevent my LinkedIn profile from being “published”?

29 Jan

“Is there a way to create a profile on LinkedIn but keep it from being “published” until you are finished with it? The reason I ask is that I would like my students to create and account so they can get started with the application process, but I don’t want their profile to “go public” until it is in good shape.” — Helena Rodrigues from Maputo, Mozambique.

Maputo, Mozambique *

You raise a good point! The short answer is that LinkedIn does not have a setting that will allow the students to block another member from viewing their profiles.

Once students create and account and start building their network, there is no way to prevent their connections from seeing their profiles. However, the public profile that appears when people search for their names on Google, Yahoo!, Bing, and others, can be edited from the profile Settings page to:

  • Make it visible to everyone or no one in search engine results.
  • Show only the basics like your name, industry, location, # of recommendations.
  • Add or remove profile elements like a picture, current positions or education.
  • Create a customized URL.

So, while you’re working with your students, you may want to keep their profiles more private by following these instructions:

  1. Sign in to your LinkedIn account.
  2. Click on the “Settings” link located under your name on the top right end corner of your profile home page.
  3. Select the “Profile” settings tab.
  4. Select “Edit your public profile”
  5. Then choose the “Make my public profile visible to no one” radio button.

Make sure the students change their profile settings back to “Make my public profile visible to everyone,” once they complete their profiles. Otherwise, Iduka will not be able to evaluate and consider them for this scholarship challenge.

Good luck, and please don’t hesitate to keep on asking questions.

* Image source: Wikipedia. Image credit: Andrew Moir.

Do you have a question?

Please send your questions with your picture or the picture of your school to iduka.chapters@gmail.com.

If your question is selected, we will feature it on this blog. This will help us create a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions section for our ongoing “LinkedIn® Challenge” Scholarship.

Thanks in advance for your participation!

Warm Holiday Wishes

24 Dec

We wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season and a peaceful New Year filled with meaningful relationships, good health, great ideas, and lots-n-lots of scholarships from Iduka.

Image credit: Haneef Bhatti

Scholarship documentation is now available in French and Portuguese!

27 Nov

“Can Iduka provide the scholarship documentation in our national languages?” — Jean-Claude Kamwenubusa, University of Burundi, Bujumbura

Jean-Claude Kamwenubusa, University of Burundi, Bujumbura

All documentation and technical support is available in English, French, and Portuguese. Unfortunately, we do not have any scholarship documentation available in Arabic or any other local African language. We feel confident that all post-secondary education students applying for our “LinkedIn® Challenge” Scholarship, master at least one of these three major languages spoken throughout the African continent.

Currently, we only have available the Scholarship Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria in English, French, and Portuguese. We are planning to make the FAQ section available in these three languages soon. Please come back regularly for updates and more information on this scholarship initiative.

Documentation in English: Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria

Documentation in French: Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria

Documentation in Portuguese: Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria

Do you have a question?

Please send your questions with your picture or the picture of your school to iduka.chapters@gmail.com.

If your question is selected, we will feature it on this blog. This will help us create a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions section for our ongoing “LinkedIn® Challenge” Scholarship.

Thanks in advance for your participation!

What are the photo requirements?

20 Nov

“Is a photograph required when applying for the “LinkedIn® Challenge” scholarship? If so, what type of photo and how do students send their photos? ”  Olusola Bamidele George, Program Director at African Citizen’s Empowerment Foundation in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria

Nigeria Political Map (Source: Wikipedia)

Another good question from Olusola in the Sunshine State, Nigeria. To apply students must create and complete a LinkedIn profile. Part of getting to 100% completion is uploading a photo. Here is what students need to know when uploading a photo to their LinkedIn profile:

  1. Upload a professional looking head-shot picture.
  2. Preferred file type is a JPG, PNG, or GIF.
  3. File size cannot exceed 4MB.
  4. A good pixel size to avoid uploading issues should not exceed 500×500 pixels.

Still having problems uploading the photo? Try a different browser.

If students have problems uploading their photos after following the above tips, they should try using a different browser. For example, if using IE, try uploading the photo with Firefox. That seems to resolve this problem.

Very Important:

Please note that LinkedIn has a very rigid and straight forward Photo Policy. Students need to know that their profile photo can be removed by LinkedIn if their profile image is not their “likeness or a head-shot” photo. If LinkedIn removes a profile photo, students still have a chance to upload a different photo to remedy this situation. However, if LinkedIn removes a photo 3 times, students will no longer be able to upload another photo to their profile – and they will not be able to participate in this initiative.

To learn more about LinkedIn Photo Policy and User Agreement, please click here.

Do you have a question?

Please send your questions with your picture or the picture of your school to iduka.chapters@gmail.com.

If your question is selected, we will feature it on this blog. This will help us create a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions section for our ongoing “LinkedIn® Challenge” Scholarship.

Thanks in advance for your participation!

3 Questions About Recommendations

19 Nov

“What is the required format for Letters of Recommendation? Can Iduka provide a template students can use when requesting a Letter of Recommendation? How many Letters of Recommendation are students required to submit with their scholarship application?” — Olusola Bamidele George, Program Director at African Citizen’s Empowerment Foundation in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria

Olusola Bamidele George, Ondo State, Nigeria

Answer to question 1:

Students are asked to request Letters of Recommendation via LinkedIn and must follow LinkedIn’s guidelines. Requesting recommendations on LinkedIn is as simple as 1-2-3. For example, students can from their LinkedIn profile:

1. Choose the position under their Experience or Education section that they want to be recommended for.
2. Ask a direct contact on their LinkedIn network to endorse them.
3. Provide specific details to their endorsers.

Answer to question 2:

No. Iduka does not provide a form letter for recommendations. However, since students must submit their letters of recommendation via LinkedIn, they must follow LinkedIn’s guidelines when asking for a recommendation from their teachers, professors, and colleagues.

It is the responsibility of local Iduka Chapters to help their students provide endorsers with samples they can use as guidance. When asking for a recommendation, students should be prepared to provide specific details to their endorsers. Even though these are people they presumably know well, to be mindful of their time, it is a good idea to provide them with a sample they can customize. Unfortunately, at this time endorsers will not be able to recommend any volunteer position you list on your LinkedIn profile under the Volunteer section.

For an overview of how Recommendations work on LinkedIn, please click here.

Answer to question 3:

To be considered for this scholarship initiative, students must have at least 5 recommendations on their LinkedIn profile. However, they can request and post as many recommendations as they would like. An high number of solid recommendation will greatly enhance your chances of getting a scholarship. It is also important to note that LinkedIn recommendations can only be requested from student’s direct contacts on LinkedIn, and that endorsers can only recommend you as a Colleague, Service Provider, Business Partner or Student. Therefore, the number of possible recommendations students can attain is limited to the number of 1st degree connections of their LinkedIn network that can provide an endorsement of their skills and accomplishments at school and work place.

It is the responsibility of local Iduka Chapters to mentor their students on how to request a LinkedIn Recommendation.

To learn more on How to request a recommendation on LinkedIn, please click here.

Even though LinkedIn recommendations are not as formal as the traditional reference letters, we feel that they provide us with a more transparent way to vet our scholarship applicants.

A big thanks to Olusola and his team in Ondo State, Nigeria! We will soon post the other question you’ve sent us.

Do you have a question?

Please send your questions with your picture or the picture of your school to iduka.chapters@gmail.com.

If your question is selected, we will feature it on this blog. This will help us create a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions section for our ongoing “LinkedIn® Challenge” Scholarship.

Thanks in advance for your participation!

Good Samaritans, friendly goats, and reaching Angola

1 Aug

26th July:

I have been cycling for 11 days solid now. No rest days. I just simply can’t afford to take a rest day. The time limit on my Angolan visa puts me under enormous pressure. So I simply have to push on. We (Hanret and I) have worked out that I have to maintain a minimum daily average of 70km, and I can only afford 3 rest days! That’s only 3 rest days from Windhoek all the way to the DRC!!!

On my way from Windhoek to the Angolan border, I have experienced immense kindness! FNB Namibia has helped, not only financially (by sponsoring the Namibia leg of my trip), but the staff at branches on my way North have welcomed me with open arms! Helping me with organising sponsored accommodation, taking me out to dinner, making me feel welcome! I have also experienced kindness from strangers on the road. Like Terry, who I met on my way to Otjiwarongo. Terry drove 70km that evening to fetch me so that I wouldn’t have to sleep next to the road! And then there’s the family who gave me N$100 at a picnic spot on my way to Oshivelo! Strangers who have given me shelter and even offered their own beds for me to sleep in! I have given motivational talks at a number of schools in Namibia, as well as to FNB staff at some of the branches on my route going North! The responses have been amazing and I feel so priviledged for the opportunities given to me to share my story!

From Oshivelo onward it became a very different ball game! I had been told that 80% of Namibia’s population resides in the North. Meaning: that I would now start to see more and more people! At Oshivelo I went through a control post. Here I got shouted at for attempting to take a photo! Then I had a group of kids surround me and chant: “Miss, miss, give me one dollar”. After that things got better though. I did see more and more people! Mostly friendly. People would wave and greet me with big smiles as I pass them by. Some would just stare with confusion written all over their faces. Even the goats would run up to the road and bleat at me in greeting!! (I kid you not!!) Halfway between Oshivelo and Ondangwa I spent the night sleeping next to the road. No problems whatsoever! And now I find myself sitting just a few hundred meters from the Angolan border!

Oshikango is a chaotic town! I picked up a tail about 10km from town (local boys riding in my slip stream). In return for my hard work, one of them had to guide me around. I cannot adequitely describe what it is like riding into this town on a bicycle! People shouting at you from all directions in Portuguese, English, Afrikaans, and other local dialects. It feels like there are millions of people here! Even had my first Portuguese conversation! Yay! Staying at Piscas tonight, for free! Had pizza as my last meal in Namibia! Tomorrow morning I cross the border and say: BOM DIA ANGOLA! :-)

Last night in Namibia!

Updates on Jolandie’s Travels

25 Jul

Here is what Jolandie has been up to since she got back on the road:

Jolandie did two inspirational talks at AS Steenkamp Primary School (Thursday 14th) and MH Greeff Primary School (Friday 16th) in Windhoek… both sponsored by FNB radio. Jolandie said that:

“The talks were just what I needed! It was so uplifting being surrounded by such positivity and excitement. To see those kids light up like that and be so receptive, was really amazing. They were so eager to interact, ask questions and willing to learn. Their enthusiasm gave me a renewed will not to give up.”

Jolandie gave talks at AS Steenkamp Primary School
Jolandie with the kids at MH Greeff

Sat 16th: Saturday’s leg was from Windhoek to Okahandja – 73km. A fine day on the road. Re-starting the journey was certainly tough on Jolandie’s muscles! She camped out, at the Kings Highway Rest Camp next to the road, with Luna happily sleeping next to he. Jolandie is really looking forward to crossing into Angola!!

 
Luna with a Namibian flag
 
Sun 17th. On this day Jolandie conquered a couple of Category 2 climbs. A Cat 2 climb is in simplest terms a climb of 500-800 meters. Well done Jolandie!
 
The last week has been a tough journey to beat the clock so she can cross over to Angola in good time. Make sure you tune in every Thursday to Jacaranda FM to hear the latest updates of Jolandie’s journey.

Shaping the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

29 Jun

An energetic crowd of more than 100 delegates from around the world gathered today in Melaka to listen to Malaysia’s Prime Minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor as the keynote speaker at the 11th Melaka International Youth Dialogue luncheon organized by the World Assembly of Youth (WAY).

Ntiokam Divine, Iduka Outreach Coordinator (left) with Malaysia's Prime Minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (right).

“The next generation must not only transform business just for profit per se. They must reshape its relationship to society by creating economic value in a way that also creates value for society,” she said at the conclusion of WAY’s annual meeting.

Also present was the Deputy Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture of Namibia and WAY’s Vice-President, Mr. Pohamba Shifeta, the President of the World Youth Bank Network, Mr. Tomislav Bogdanic, Melaka Chief Minister, Mr. Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, MP of Malaysia and WAY President, Datuk Idris Haron, WAY Secretary General, Ms. Ediola Pashollari and our own Iduka African Pilot Project Outreach Coordinator, Mr. Ntiokam Divine.

Tomislav Bogdanic, Ntiokam Divine, Pohamba Shifeta, and Ediola Pashoralli

WAY was established in 1949 and has members in most countries promoting programs in areas, such as: democracy, environment, human rights, population, health, drugs, community development and leadership training.

We are proud to count with the support of WAY!

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