Saylor Academy is very pleased to announce a new partnership with the Africa Islamic Economic Foundation (AFRIEF), to provide flexible, affordable learning opportunities for AFRIIEF’s communities and those interested in joining AFRIIEF’s programs.

Saylor Academy is a nonprofit initiative that believes that education should be accessible to anyone, anywhere, and at any time. As part of our mission, we partner with organizations, including universities and colleges worldwide to help educate communities so they can improve their lives. As you may know, Saylor Academy’s free Professional Development courses provide opportunities to learn skills quickly (many courses are under 20 hours), in subjects such as Decision-making, Leadership and Teams, and Interpersonal Communication Skills.  These courses provide an opportunity for learners to earn free certificates that students can share on LinkedIN, post on Facebook or Twitter, or link to in a website or personal portfolio. 

The AFRIIEF and Saylor Academy both recognize that learners, such as those served by  AFRIIEF’s programs, lead increasingly busy and complex lives. They require flexible education options to balance skill development with work and family demands. This partnership allows students to develop skills that are in-demand now for free and will help them become even more competitive once they enter the marketplace.

“The partnership between AFRIEF and Saylor Academy provides access to affordable and flexible learning opportunities to support skill development across the African continent,” says Jeff Davidson, Executive Director of Saylor Academy. “AFRIEF’s human capital development efforts align well with Saylor’s mission of providing access to learners everywhere.” 

“This collaboration marks an exciting chapter for the Africa Islamic Economic Foundation (AFRIEF) as it will leverage on Saylor Academy’s rich experience, global network, and strength, to propel Africa’s rapid economic and social development. We believe that the two organizations have complementary capabilities and we are very excited at the opportunity of combining these to create strong synergies in both career and talent development that will not only facilitate, but hasten our movement towards our goal of increased economic and career opportunities for Africans everywhere.” 

Baba Yunus Muhammad, President of AFRIEF

About Saylor Academy

Saylor Academy is a nonprofit initiative committed to making education accessible and affordable to all who need it.  We are doing so by creating free online courses, created by credentialed professors with teaching experience that people can use to learn skills and earn university-level credit.  Our courses are available for anyone to take at their own pace, and earn certificates and in some cases, university credits to help them graduate or gain employment faster, and improve their and their families futures. 

Saylor partners with a group of universities and colleges, as well as other nonprofits and organizations wishing to open access to education. We do not charge institutions to partner with us, and are always looking for like-minded organizations to expand our mission. 

To learn how to partner with Saylor Academy, please contact Jacqueline Arnold, Director of Strategic Relationships,  at [email protected]

About Africa Islamic Economic Foundation 

AFRIEF is an independent development organization that provides distinctive Islamic perspectives on economic development and social issues. Our work encompasses a range of advisory, research, policy development and field-building activities on themes around the Islamic economy, Islamic finance, Islamic Impact Investments and capital markets to drive sustainable and inclusive economic growth and development in Africa. We set the benchmark on public policy and economic development by drawing together the most innovative thinking available from some of the world’s foremost experts and applying that thinking to the challenges facing Africa.