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Field of Study: Civic Engagement
Country: The Gambia
Leadership Institute: Arizona State University
Alieu Jaiteh is a teacher and a social entrepreneur who has more than 10 years' experience working with blind and partially sighted people in The Gambia. Alieu is founder of Start Now, a nonprofit organization that trains and empowers blind and partially sighted high school graduates with computer skills and rehabilitation techniques in preparation for higher education and employment. Alieu is also a teacher at the School for the Blind, where he leads keyboarding classes for blind children. Alieu acquired leadership and project management training from Kanthari and techniques for working with the blind from the Louisiana Center for the Blind. He holds an advanced diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from the Management Development Institute and a higher teacher's certificate from The Gambia College, where he specialized in General Science and Agricultural Science. Alieu is committed to advocating for the full inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities in The Gambia and Africa at large. As a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow, he achieved his dream of establishing Start Now. The Fellowship has enabled him to expand his services to the many visually impaired people living in The Gambia.