making dreams a reality
A grant of £2,000 was made in 2011 to support a Zimbabwean distance-learning student to pay the remainder of her tuition fees when she faced financial dire straits in the face of Zimbabwe’s economic collapse. Here Mrs Joyce Chigiya tells her story:
“As a Zimbabwean student, I first came into contact with Lancaster University back in the year 2004 when I was selected for an online writing course, Crossing Borders. The course was a British Council and Lancaster University initiative, with Zimbabwean and Ugandan poets exchanging their work. In 2009, Lancaster University offered me the opportunity to study for an MA in the department of English and Creative Writing. At that point, as a school teacher in Zimbabwe, I could not raise the required fees. My salary was almost zero as Zimbabwe's currency was being eroded by record-breaking inflation. I thought I was going to regret the missed chance for the rest of my life.
Joyce with her students (photos taken on a webcam in Zimbabwe)
When the University announced that there was a scholarship to be awarded to a student in difficult circumstances, my hopes were raised. I needed only to apply. Imagine my joy on learning that I had made it into the top two. I have been on the course for almost two years now. It is a good thing it is coming to an end but I am going to miss it. It has made my life so much more purposeful. The online tutorials and conferences have been so informative it is hard to imagine better learning channels. I would like to express heartfelt gratitude to the University and all those who donate to it, for making my scholarship possible and my dream a reality.”
"I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the University and all those who donate to it, for making my scholarship possible and my dream a reality."