A degree that will build a road to the future

Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 03:01 in Health & Medicine

This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Bad roads are a longstanding problem across Nigeria, blamed for high rates of vehicle fatalities and impeding development of Africa’s largest economy. Hadiza Hamma wants to help with this, and to teach others in her home country how to take on community-improvement projects. The first student to complete the master’s degree requirements for the Division of Continuing Education’s new Development Practice Program, and one of only four who will receive it this month, Hamma also won the Dean’s Prize for her capstone project, a community-development plan for construction of a road that will dramatically improve the quality of life in the town of Afaka. “The road is a lifeline for the community because it connects the community to the rest of the city,” said Hamma. In its current poor condition, she said, the road is a health and safety risk,...

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