• Ivory Coast professor Honore Kahi carries a student's baby on his back so she can study. (Twitter)Source: Twitter
Honore Kahi believes being a mother should not prevent women from getting an education.
Alyssa Braithwaite

1 Jul 2016 - 11:34 AM  UPDATED 1 Jul 2016 - 11:38 AM

An Ivory Coast professor has been praised as a 'hero' for carrying the baby of a student mother in class so that she could continue her lesson.

Honore Kahi offered to take the little boy as he was crying and preventing the mother from sitting in class.

His surprised students at first laughed and then took photos of their professor carrying the infant in a sling on his back, as they realised "this is a good father, this is a real man... [and] a role model".

Mr Kahi, who teaches communications at Ivory Coast's Bouake University, said being a mother should not prevent women from getting an education.

According to the UN, girls are less likely than boys to start primary school in sub-Saharan Africa and are under-represented at higher education.

"What prevails here is... male chauvinism,"  Mr Kahi told BBC Afrique.

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare. It is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

"In fact, men are able to do certain things, and usually it's the way society sees men that prevents them from doing these things."

Mr Kahi said the baby stopped crying when he tied him on his back - a technique he'd learned from watching how women carry their children.

"I turned back and I continued the course," he told Afrikipresse

"The result is that the three of us were winners: the mother is stabilized, the child calms down and the teacher continues his work."

The photos have now been widely shared on social media, where he has been called a hero for his actions.