Monday, December 17, 2007
Mogadishu University in collaboration with Somali Intellectual Women’s Group in Nairobi hosted its first “Young Women Scholarship” fundraising luncheon on December 8, 2007 at Hilton Hotel in Nairobi. It marked the launching of MU national campaign targeting 1000 female student scholarships. The luncheon was attended by over 200 guests. Along with the Somali community in Nairobi, international community, Non governmental organizations and representatives from various UN agencies were present.
Due to the wide disparity between male-female student ratio, MU established a special scholarship for female students besides the general scholarship for all students. This scholarship “Young Women Leadership Scholarship” aims to empower women by offering scholarships to gifted female students at MU; female students who show excellence in their higher education. The scholarship is designed to produce competitive women at all levels of leadership and in the labor market.
Prior to the fundraising event, the organizing committee was able to raise 230 scholarships. Moreover, during the luncheon more than 70 full scholarships were raised covering the entire cost of study for 4 years. Each full 4 year scholarship costs $2000.
After lunch, Mogadishu University presented a praiseworthy short video about its achievements – in which the participants were truly captivated.
There were host of guest speakers that spoke at the luncheon, including, prominent speakers who expressed their support and commitment to this noble cause.
Last but not least, the keynote speaker Dr. Ali Sheikh Ahmed, President of Mogadishu University, took the stage. Dr. Ahmed reminded the audience the importance of women and mothers in our religion and society – especially how critical educated women are for the rebuilding of our war ravaged nation. He also reiterated that MU was established to educate the young generation and instill hope regardless of their present situation.
In conclusion, MU President called upon the people of Somalia, higher education institutions and international community to make women’s rights and their education a higher priority. And expressed his sincere gratitude to all those who participated and contributed in any capacity.
May Allah reward those who give for women's education?SOURCE: Mogadishu University, December 17, 2007