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Why Skidmore? Hear Naira Abdula’s story.

July 2, 2018

Naira Abdula comes from Mozambique, a country with one of the lowest literacy rates in the world. At Skidmore, she’s gaining business and economics skills while raising funds to teach children to read, write, and count using interactive technology.

Hear Naira's story 


"My name is Naira Abdula, I am a sophomore student studying business and economics.

Starting my own non-governmental organization (NGO) was always a dream for me. The problem that I identified was the poor education quality in my country, Mozambique. To solve the problem, I created a program that teaches underprivileged children how to read, write and count using interactive technology and fun activities. My organization is running and we have 12 students.

I applied for Skidmore's Freirich Business Competition because I wanted to reach out to more children. Our vision is that, one day, every child in Mozambique will have access to good and quality education. 

I was initially planning to go to engineering school but I started to develop this passion for business and Skidmore has a really nice business program. It was one of the main reasons why I chose to come here. 

The other thing that I really like about Skidmore is the support that they give to international students. Three and a half to four years ago I spoke no English at all. I’m always going to remember the support I received from the different offices at Skidmore. I never expected to be in such a warm community as I am right now."

Hear more students share their “Why Skidmore” stories.

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