125 college students from Nigeria have received full scholarships from their government to attend college in Boston. Fifty-three of the 125 students selected to participate in the program arrived in Boston on Monday accompanied by a Nigerian presidential adviser. The students came from some of the most deprived regions of Nigeria. The U.S. Pathway Program, which consists of a consortium of American universities offering an academic preparation program that becomes a pathway to a college degree, and the Nigerian government are working to fund the students’ scholarships, which include money for tuition, books, and room and board. Read more:
Philani Dladla, a 24 year old ‘pavement Bookworm’, he sits on the median of Empire Road in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, reading. He gives book reviews to drivers, enticing them to purchase a book from him. He has read all the books in his collection and is always seeking for more to read. He then sells some of his books as a way to raise money for himself and some of his homeless friends. He’s a great role model on the power of reading and can be an amazing ambassador for young people. Philani says “Some of those who drive past look down on me, like I do not exist, but others see me for what I am – a dispenser of knowledge and happiness.” Check out Philani’s video here.
Wonderful story of inspiration!