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Senegalese professor goes viral after holding student's baby in class

Photos of Professor of Geomatics Labaly Touré holding one of his student's babies went viral online.
Photos of Professor of Geomatics Labaly Touré holding one of his student's babies went viral online. © Observers

A Senegalese professor spread a bit of joy on the internet when he posted pictures of himself holding a student's baby during his class. 

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Labaly Touré, a professor at the University of Kaolack, posted two photos on June 2 along with the caption: "This morning, I had the pleasure of carrying the baby of one of my students during my class at the university."

This small act of kindness earned him a lot of attention on social networks, but he says he did it to support his student and other student mothers. 

"It was a way to help her, but also a nod to all student mothers who are juggling motherhood and higher education," Touré said. "I want to show them that these two roles aren’t incompatible these days. Because I am a father myself, I am sensitive to these issues. And we, as teachers, have a role to play in helping these mothers."