Educator Aboubakar Idriss plans to build a school in Chad, his home country, that will eventually provide free education for boys and girls up to high school. He will finalize the land purchase next month in N'Djamena, the nation’s capital, and construction on the elementary school in a poorer neighborhood will begin this July and be finished by September 2024. Idriss, a lecturer at Sprott Shaw College in Victoria, British Columbia, is an authoritative online voice on higher education. With 680,000 subscribers on Youtube, he is a household name for Arabic-speaking newcomers in the city. Last year, the channel provided over 3,000 scholarships through a collaboration with University of the People, a US-based online university.

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