"Many universities today are mere ivory towers – uncritically emphasizing traditions, rituals, and paradigms of learning that do not encourage the wonder, the passion, the experience, the continuity, the vulnerability and the sacred community that education could mean. The results are subtle: we have learned men who cannot solve problems, convocation ceremonies that confer degrees on efforts of memory, and classrooms that reward recall better than creativity or courageous doubt. The implications, on the other hand, are horrifying: a continent beleaguered by death and want is isolated from change agents, who busy themselves with forwarding traditions with no direct impact on the lives of a seeking mass of suffering people. What we need is a deluge, a revolution, a critical look-again at our paradigms, a multitude of questions, a harnessing of communities. We await the day when students and faculty alike will find their highest call, their highest honour and their most compelling vocation in solving problems – and learning (in the first instance) to keep asking questions and developing critical thinking skills that will ‘secure’ them in that space where it is always possible to solve problems"
- Adebayo C. Akomolafe
The CU-iFund is a scheme operated by the David Oyedepo Foundation. Our motivation is to critically engage educational contexts by inspiring, stimulating and rewarding creativity, innovation, alternative paradigms of learning and social responsibility.