Friday, August 31, 2007
ORANGEBURG – Earlier this year, at a USAID-sponsored meeting in Washington, D.C., SC State President Andrew Hugine Jr. announced that the University would award Presidential Scholarships to two deserving students from Zanzibar in the United Republic of Tanzania.
After a comprehensive, nationwide examination, two students were selected from the east African nation to receive the scholarships: Daudi Muhamed and Sakina Alawy, both from Zanzibar.
Muhamed, a freshman mathematics major, and Alawy, a freshman biology major, will be formally welcomed to SC State University on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 3 p.m. in 206 Belcher Hall.
As students in the Honors College, they will be involved in service learning opportunities by providing assistance in the community. Both plan to return to Zanzibar after earning their respective degrees to provide a much needed service as teachers of math and science.
Dr. Hugine traveled to the meeting – sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) – in Washington, D.C., to sign a collaborative agreement between the United States government, SC State University and the Zanzibar Ministry of Education and Vocational Training to develop, publish and distribute a minimum of 600,000 science textbooks and learning materials to high school students in the African nation.
In 2006, SC State was one of six U.S. universities chosen to partner with an African nation to implement the Textbooks and Learning Materials Program, a part of President George W. Bush’s effort to expand access to education in Africa.
Africa Education Initiative, a program of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is a $600 million commitment to provide books, scholarships, school uniforms and teacher training so that more African children can attend school. The initiative includes funding to train 920,000 teachers in 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. By the beginning of 2006, more than 300,000 teachers, both new and experienced, had received training.