Ishaku Lemu Haruna

Ishaku Lemu Haruna

Africa, Nigeria, Civic Engagement, 2016

Ishaku Lemu Haruna has over four years’ experience in the academic sector. As a lecturer in Gombe State University, Ishaku is passionate about education as a tool for driving social changes. Having identified the high rate of illiteracy as one of the causes of Boko Haram insurgency in his community, Ishaku founded a community literacy and vocational training school that engages street youths in basic literacy and skills acquisition. His passion for promoting grassroots education led him to develop a global partnership with the Swinburne/North-eastern Global Leadership Class in Australia, which resulted to the establishment of a community library in his community. Ishaku holds a dual master’s in Global Leadership and Biotechnology from North-eastern University, USA, and Swinburne University, Australia, respectively. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Ishaku intends to continue his work improving grassroots education through the development of teaching aids to assist rural children with career choices.