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Scholarship Recipient: Jean-Claude Kamwenubusa

19 May

Bujumbura, Burundi.

Orphaned by the ethnic-based civil war that prevented him from attending school for several years, Jean-Claude never gave up on his dream of getting an education.

He is now studying at the University of Lake Tanganyika in Bujumbura, Burundi, where he is actively involved in ICT policy, e-Learning programs for rural communities, theater, film, radio, TV, and journalism. He expects to graduate in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies.

Jean-Claude attending a friend’s graduation.

To help pay for his education, he teaches at Jeancka School in the Commune of Kamenge in Bujumbura.

Jean-Claude at Jeancka school where he teaches.

He also supports several charitable organizations and has served in various leadership positions at Iduka’s Jeancka University Chapter, United Nations Millennium Campaign in Burundi (UNMC), DiploFoundation, ABC4All, Global Youth Action Network (GYAN), and ASASS-Burundi that he founded in 2008.

Jean-Claude volunteering at ASASS-Burundi pharmacy.

Jean-Claude speaks 5 languages and enjoys learning about different cultures. He loves sports, playing the guitar and singing in his church choir.

Enjoying one of his passions – music!

We are very proud of his many accomplishments and are pleased to award him the “LinkedIn® Profile Completeness” service grant. With this scholarship he is well-positioned to seize one of Iduka’s “LinkedIn® Profile of Excellence” awards.

We wish you all the best!


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

What is the role of a local chapter?

6 Nov

“I’ve created a local Iduka Chapter in Tunisia and I’m glad to be part of this project. But now, I don’t know what I should do next. What is the role of my chapter in general, and my role as chapter president in particular? What can I do next?”

Rabeb Aloui, UNESCO Club Iduka Chapter, Tunis, Tunisia

Faculté des Sciences Humaines et Sociales de Tunis, Université de Tunis

What is the role of a local chapter?

Iduka Chapters are instrumental to the success of our program at the local level. The local Iduka Chapter is responsible for our local outreach campaigns and for making sure that all information from Iduka and the National Council is accurately disseminated to all students associated with the chapter.

To be a bit more specific, within the current context of the “LinkedIn® Challenge” Scholarship, the local chapter is responsible for:

  • Raising awareness about the scholarship and registering students;
  • Providing training and mentorship to students applying for the scholarship.
Note: For a complete list of tasks and activities, please click here.

Chapters with more members will qualify for personalized trained sessions. These training sessions will cover the registration and application process, and will be scheduled according to each chapter overall membership ranking.

What is the role of the chapter’s President?

A chapter’s president serves as a liaison between Iduka and local students, as well as a link between the local chapter and the National Council.

A good chapter president will be proactive in planning and developing chapter activities that are aligned with current scholarship initiatives, awareness campaigns, and other Iduka regional projects.

Leadership training pertaining to the ongoing “LinkedIn® Challenge” Scholarship will be provide to chapter officers. The chapter leadership will in turn be responsible to transfer that knowledge to their chapter’s members, particularly to those students who are applying for a scholarship.

Thank you, Rabeb for these two great questions!

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!

Another Scholarship Contest Winner

9 Oct

Iduka would like to congratulate, Eric Gitta, the recipient of the most recent scholarship contest election.

Eric is post-graduate student in Education Administration and Management at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

Eric Gitta, Uganda

This scholarship recognizes Eric’s academic achievement as well as his volunteer work as General Secretary for Substance Abuse and Violence Episode Reduction (SAVER UGANDA), where he exercised his leadership skills in managing the organization’s daily operations.

As with all our scholarships, recipients are asked to serve their communities in meaningful ways. Eric was instrumental in promoting Iduka’s programs to local university students in Uganda during the initial phase of our pilot project . He is now actively reaching out to local rural students through his very own Education for Rural Impecunious Children (ERIC). We commend his dedication to providing basic educational opportunities to rural-African students.

Thanks to everyone who applied and made our first scholarship contest a success! We encourage all eligible African students to participate in our “LinkedIn Challenge” scholarships. For more information, please click here.

Iduka “LinkedIn® Challenge” Scholarship

25 Sep

To celebrate President Barack Obama’s visit to LinkedIn Corporation on Monday, Iduka is excited to offer through its African Pilot Project, a number of “LinkedIn® Challenge” Scholarships.

President Barack Obama

Iduka was formed in response to the need to make college more affordable in our communities, our nation, and the world. In early December 2008, a group of Obama For America volunteers from Port St. Lucie, Florida met to organize a program to help students reach their goal of higher education. The group established a financial aid process that can bring meaningful change in our society.

The purpose of these Iduka “LinkedIn® Challenge” Scholarships is to make post-secondary education more affordable for our African Pilot Project students and to give them a chance to pay back by volunteering in their local communities. Scholarship recipients must agree to volunteer at local Iduka Chapters to promote our programs and the value of professional social networking that LinkedIn has to offer to college students around the world.

“LinkedIn is expanding rapidly. We have two new members joining every second.” Said Miguel Martim, Iduka’s volunteer Excutive Director and a LinkedIn employee. “Everyone from top CEO’s to President Barack Obama has a LinkedIn profile. We want our students to learn the basics of LinkedIn and start to develop a strategy for success while they’re still in college.”

We encourage all eligible African students, including our student volunteer interns to participate in this challenge. For more information about eligibility and application instructions, please click here.


(Image source: The White House. Author: Pete Souza. LinkedIn is a registered trademark of LinkedIn Corporation.)

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29 Apr


11 Scholarships You Don’t Want to Miss

24 Mar

Do you want to study at a world-class university in the second-largest city in Austria? What about attending one of 38 Australian universities?

If you or any undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate student you know is looking for a scholarship to study abroad, here are some exciting choices you don’t want to miss.

Some cover most fields of study, while others target very specific areas, like Mechanical Engineering, Environment, and Journalism. Most, however, stress areas of development African countries need in order to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in the region.

You must act now, as some deadlines are approaching fast.

Having a difficult time making up your mind? Let us know when you do. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further assistance with your application process.

Student volunteer interns who successfully completed phase 1 of our Iduka Africa Pilot Project (iAPP) can request their certificate of participation by contacting their regional coordinator. You may need it when applying for some of these scholarships.

New student volunteers and student interns wanting to re-enroll in phase 2, please click here. All others can find out about volunteer opportunities at Iduka by clicking here.


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