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Field of Study: Public Management
Leadership Institute: University of Minnesota
Mohammed Kabir Ibrahim has over six years of experience in town planning and English language teaching. In addition to his current position as a senior town planning officer with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Mohammed designed and developed a special English language curriculum for deaf students in secondary schools. He is also working toward improving the quality of teaching English, as well as American Sign Language (ASL) for deaf pupils, in primary schools with support from U.S. Mission Nigeria. Mohammed holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and is currently on the threshold of completing a master's degree in Urban Geography. Mohammed sincerely believes that one's professional career and field of study should not be an impediment to their commitment to volunteerism. He credits the Mandela Washington Fellowship with honing his skills and improving his capacity to combine his professional career with commitment to volunteerism. The experience and exposures he gained from his time at an academic institution in the United States, a professional practicum in Ghana, and a Reciprocal Exchange in Nigeria have helped him conceptualize creative ideas, write innovative proposals, and win grants to implement pragmatic solutions that radically address the challenges facing deaf students when it comes to reading and writing in the English language.