Awarded scholarships in 2018
Ohunu Kossiwa Marie, law student from Togo
My name is Ohunu Kossiwa Marie, a law student at the University of Lome, Togo. I would describe myself as humble, creative and I enjoy team spirit. These characteristics enable me to evolve in my studies and grow intellectually.
I was born blind. Although blindness presents many challenges, I manage to get around and be independent thanks to support I receive from the Center for Specialized Education for the Blind (CESA).
Other key challenges are financial difficulties and lack of sufficient educational materials. I am therefore grateful to the World Blind Union for the scholarship as it will enable me to pursue my studies and contribute positively to my society.
Being able to study is important as it will open opportunities for employment and help me attain independence.I advise other young people with disabilities to take education seriously as it is important for their future.
I am working hard to obtain a Master’s degree and become a lawyer in the next few years. I am truly grateful to WBU for the scholarship (The Pedro Zurita Youth Fund) opportunity and urge the WBU to continue supporting other students with visual disabilities.
Noah Nartey, B.A Psychology student from Ghana
My name is Noah Nartey. I come from Krobo – Odumasi, Ghana. I am a B.A Psychology student at the University of Ghana. My sight impairment started in July 2011. Ever since then, I experienced a decline in my vision. A visual test conducted on me revealed that some part of my eye was damaged. In 2013, I was diagnosed with glaucoma and since then, I use eye drops to help reduce pressure and prevent my sight from further deterioration.
As a student, I find it difficult to see from the projected screens during lectures hence I rely on my colleagues to write some notes for me. Also, reading books with small font sizes is very difficult especially during vacation since I don’t have any assistive technology at home.
In addition, education is very expensive in Ghana. Buying books, payment of academic and residential fees, notwithstanding food and other basics make education expensive. And in my case having to use medications continuously creates further financial burden to my family.
The WBU scholarship (The Pedro Zurita Youth Fund) will enable me to pursue my education. I am committed to acquiring knowledge and skills that can help me live independently and contribute positively to my society.
Tchoka Abra, History student from Lome Togo
My name is Tchoka Abra, from Lomé, Togo. I am a second year student at the Department of History, University of Lomé. I am blind and an orphan.
My visual impairment is due to glaucoma which I have had for 17 years. At first it was hard for me to deal with the condition but I have adjusted to it over time. I have had many challenges especially related to mobility, reading documents and conducting research.
The WBU scholarship is very important to me because it will help me evolve and get better in my studies. The impact that it will have is not just for me. It will change my life and also that of those around me.
My motivation to continue my studies is to be better considered in society despite my disability. Having a disability is not a weakness, we can strive to success and achieve our ambitions.
I am grateful that this scholarship (The Pedro Zurita Youth Fund) will contribute positively to my academic career.
Marcelline Gato Nzamwitakuze, journalism and communication student, from Rwanda
My name is Marcelline Gato Nzamwitakuze, a 24 years old student of journalism and communication at the University of Rwanda. I am visually impaired, I use braille for reading and writing, jaws for computer’s use and a White Cane to walk around.
The WBU scholarship (The Pedro Zurita Youth Fund) is very important to me because it is going to help me acquire braille reading materials and cover other school expenses. My dream is to become a professional journalist and advocate for problems facing people with disabilities. Also, being the only educated person among my siblings, I want to improve living conditions of my family and contribute better to my organization; the Rwanda Union of the Blind which advocates for the rights of the blind and partially sighted persons.
My advice to other people with a disability is not to be discouraged by barriers or problems that we face every day. Keep on rising, show what you can do and seek the support you need. I thank the WBU for choosing me to get this scholarship. It is a big chance for me. I will use it properly to make a positive impact on my life through studies.
Zougbetan Akouvi from Lomé, Togo
I am Zougbetan Akouvi from Lomé, Togo. I am a student of modern French and African literature.
I am totally blind. I was unable to attend school for 7 years due to my vision loss. However, in 2011 I was fortunate to join a specialized school in Lomé for two years of learning Braille and training in inclusive education, after which I resumed my regular studies in 2014.
My goal is to continue my studies in modern literature and eventually become a teacher so that I can help other blind people to improve their studies and fulfill their career goals.
One of the main challenges I encounter is that most literary works are not in Braille and the electronic versions are hardly available in Africa. Also it is difficult to access a computer and internet.
I am grateful that the WBU scholarship (The Pedro Zurita Youth Fund) will support me through my studies and to overcome these challenges. My dream is to complete my studies, attain employment and self independence.
I also aspire to contribute positively through my experiences so that I can help create a more informed and enlightened society about the challenges we face and how through literature we can provide solutions to those challenges.
I am confident and proud of my identity. My blindness is not a weakness. I will keep fighting the challenges I face.
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