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Kulukulu School Project

The Kulukulu University is an innovative higher-education model focused on the promotion of good leadership culture and democratic principle

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The difference between the most dissimilar characters, between a philosopher and a common street porter, for example, seems to arise not so much from nature, as from habit, custom, and education.  -- Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

Rationale for the establishment of the Kulukulu University: There are a quite number of Universities, but the need to improve on the quality of university education cannot be over-emphasized.
The idea was born out of the zeal to produce a new generation of young and vibrant minds that are driven with both academic excellence and standard etiquette and moral.

Rick Beyer said in an interview: ‘I think there are two distinct issues that colleges and universities in particular need to be concerned about: Cost and Price. Institutions tend to think about their own internal cost basis, which is different from the consumer paradigm which is about price. Institutions have driven up their costs through a combination of higher fixed costs or lower productivity. Over the decades those added costs have been passed on to the consumer with price increases at rate far beyond that of general inflation. This is how we got to where we are now: a not-so-very good place. Student debt continues to rise and families are increasingly challenged with finding affordable ways to pay for college. It is no longer sustainable’

This project will address the issue raised by Rick Beyer through outsourcing managed services to third parties. An example would be online enrollment and retention to reduce cost. Read the recent article by Institutional investor
Project Goals And Objectives:

1. The objectives of the project is to raise a new generation of youths that are sound academically and morally who will serve as fulcrum of the nation and as well the future leaders of The United State of America through the establishment of the new university with focus on the promotion of good leadership culture and democratic principles so as to assume responsible roles in their communities.

2. To establish an  educational institution whereby leadership education will necessarily be included in the instructional materials.

3. To serve as a Foundation for Leadership Development Programmes.

4. To reduce the cost of running University education

5. Incorporate entrepreneurship development courses and centre as part of the programme.


University course will be designed in such a way to include leadership culture, entrepreneurship development and democratic principle in the curriculum. More efforts will be directed to training of students in vocation so as to be employers of labour rather than seeking for jobs that are not available. This will go a long way in preparing students for future challenges.

Reading books only can't equip the students' technical skills. Real practicality of what is being taught in the class will be improved beyond the way it is being practised. The current system is going to be rejuvenated in such a way that more practicals will be incorporated into the curricula.

Entrepreneurship development is to be incorporated as a core course to be passed before the graduation of any student. This is expected to be supported with knowledge hub or entrepreneurship development centre.

The proposed University is going to use internet to enrol students online and retention to reduce cost. There will be opportunity for students to attend lectures from far distance through online facilities. In the same vein, the Kulukulu University is planning to outsource managed services to third parties to reduce the cost of operating the tertiary institution in order to build sustainability and affordability into the school system.

Project Strategy: The University is expected to be located in a serene and conducive environment. Members of the staff will be highly skilled in school management, human resources and finance. Board of Trustees will be set up to ensure corporate governance. Admission of students will be strictly on excellent performance bases in the qualifying entrance examination.   

Expected Results:
Education is the gate way to development as we focus on raising young future leaders in the two three years, 1,300 students would be enrolled thereby scaling to various continents like Africa. In three years, Illiteracy will have been reduced by 10%. And in the next five years from the day of commencement, the first graduating students will be creating value in the United State of America and beyond. Graduating students begin to influence good policy in government and as well new innovation in Science and Technology.

Innovation: The professional development will be a combination of class participation, lectures from home or far away through the use of technology like YouTube and one-on-one coaching that influences the aptitude and enthusiasm of students. Students will access tutoring programme which is (software based) offer as supplementary remedial assistance, accelerated learning and opportunity to utilize the resources, possess technology that is constantly developing. We will be taking continuous feedback from our stakeholders to ensure that we keep on innovating and meeting the students' needs.

Organization Background: Guildance Community Development Foundation is a registered civil society organization registered with the State of Texas. GCDF has become a touch bearer in providing top-quality services to a more diverse and greater number of people especially in marginalized societies, develop and strengthen the capacity of NGOs / CBOs, improve on youth through education and empowerment. In the last decade, the organization has organized school tours, symposia and training for youths and the younger generation. The core value has been to have a balance in leadership and academic excellence.. You can visit; to know more about the work of Guildance Community Development Foundation.

Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine higher education to support the needs of tomorrow?

This idea is designed for students who are future leaders. It will reimagine higher education as the graduating students have what it takes to lead: companies, run government ministries and be country ambassador.

This idea emerged from:

  • A group brainstorm
  • An individual

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

OpenIDEO help will be needed in: matching with this project mentor who is a university expert to take this project to another level, project design, registration with department of education so that Kulukulu University can access federal funding and students get Pell grant, business model and curriculum development.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Survey among the potential students will be conducted to determine the level interest in the proposed university. Kulukulu University have it in mind to: i. Partner with Department of Education to get degree-granting license after the submission of Kulukulu University’s curriculum to committee for review. ii. Kulukulu University will also work with State Texas legislator in order to introduce a bill to grant Kulukulu University a license. iii. Get government recognition

Tell us about your work experience:

Kabiru is a qualified accountant in Nigeria. He holds Higher National Diploma in Accounting from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Osun State, Nigeria. Kabiru has held various senior executive roles ranging from Kabee Luxury Intercontinental Limited (CEO),Guildance Community Development Foundation (President General/Founder etc. Visit: Also one of the founders of Iwoland Development Coalition,


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This is yet another brilliant idea from the stable of a cerebral and altruistic one, Adisa Kabiru Adeniyi FCA

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@Jubril Akintayo, we are into it together. Thank you.

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