I was invited to Iftar during Ramadhan at a family-friend’s house where the host and I got around to discussing the state of the Kenyan education system. That conversation inspired me to write this article.
As someone who has studied in other countries, I always encourage others to look for educational opportunities abroad. Living and learning in other countries is eye-opening and enriching. The list of benefits is endless. Additionally, the Kenyan education system leaves much to be desired nowadays and still struggles to accommodate and absorb the large number of students who graduate from Kenyan high schools every year, and a university education is neither cheap nor accessible to all and not everyone can afford to go abroad.
Luckily, there are many “free” opportunities abroad. Governments, institutions, corporations etc. sponsor students from developing nations, and especially those in Africa, to study in their countries at almost no cost to the student. Some even offer living perks and a student stipend. Many young Kenyans and our Ummah can benefit greatly from these opportunities with some resources and some guidance. Best of all? There are all sorts of opportunities to cater to a variety of needs: religious or non-religious, long-term or short-term, topic-specific courses or full college degrees. You name it, it’s out there.
Below is a short list of such opportunities (with links) that we hope to expand in the future. Some schools offer English programs while others enroll you in a year-long language program to learn the local dominant language before you begin your studies. Though many deadlines have passed for this year, it’s not too early to start preparing for next year. Inshallah may it be of benefit to some of our readers.
New Zealand Development Scholarships
Erasmus Mundus (All over Europe)
Fulbright Scholarships for Non-U.S. Scholars (American)
Qatar University Arabic for Non-Native Speakers Program (year-long Arabic course)