PWDs In Nigeria Are Offered Chevening Scholarships By The UK Government 2024: Read More!

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Some Persons Living With Disabilities (PWDs) have been given the prestigious Chevening Scholarships by the British High Commission in Nigeria for the 2024–2025 academic year.

In accordance with international standards, the commission claims that the gesture ensures fairness and equitable access to education for all.

This was stated by Ms. Gill Atkinson, Deputy Commissioner of the British High Commission in Nigeria, on Wednesday in Abuja during a presentation to introduce some people with disabilities to the Chevening Scholarship and walk them through the application process.

PWDs In Nigeria Are Offered Chevening Scholarships By The UK Government 2024: Read More!

Atkinson stated that Chevening is one of the best initiatives taken by the governments of the UK and Nigeria to strengthen their partnership, particularly in the area of education, and to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in society.

“Chevening is not intended to discriminate against any specific group of people; rather, it gives them the chance to study, pursue their passions, and return to Nigeria with their newly acquired knowledge and experiences.

“We are taking this action in order to support Nigeria’s brightest and greatest citizens as they lead their nation forward. We sincerely hope that young Nigerians would be capable of developing their nation.

“The UK government demonstrates to people with disabilities that they are just like every other person with outstanding qualities by including them in the programs.

People with disabilities cannot be excluded because they too have a significant impact on society, Atkinson added.

According to Mrs. Oluwafunmilayo Ladepo, the Nigerian Chevening Programme Officer, include people with disabilities is also intended to give Nigeria access to the benefits they will bring to the nation.

“We don’t just give to PWDs because of their impairments; we also do it because they have abilities that many people have neglected because of their impairment.

We have someone from the previous set who is a Journalist with Visual impairment who completed his Masters program and got an internship with BBC.

“This is due to his aptitude and intelligence, and after completing his internship, he plans to return and contribute to the media.

“Partnering with Nigeria is the fundamental step to enhancing Nigeria while also benefiting from it, since if we send these people there, we will also send back strong individuals to further Nigeria’s development.

She mentioned that since the UK government began integrating people with impairments as beneficiaries in 2014, roughly 47 people with disabilities had benefited from the program.

She also exhorted many people to apply to the UK institutions featured on the Chevening website for the 2024 session and to make sure they do so by the deadline.

Dr. Adebayo Adebukola and Mr. James Lalu, executive secretaries of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, thanked the U.K. government for integrating people with disabilities in the program in their remarks.

Adebukola stated that it is a chance that would be appropriately utilized and he anticipates that more people with disabilities will gain from it.

“I am grateful for the comprehensive explanation that will help people with disabilities through the application procedure and prepare for life in the UK.

It is also a chance for Nigeria to learn from the UK and apply that knowledge to construct its own nation, as the UK and other developed nations were created by their own people, not by supernatural forces.

“We need people to go there and learn and bring in policies that will help push for more inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Nigerian society”, Adebukola said.

People with disabilities who have benefited from prior Chevening Scholarships shared their stories and served as role models during the occasion, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organizations sponsor the Chevening Scholarships, the UK government’s international scholarship program, according to NAN.

Each scholarship is worth between £35,000 and £45,000, or approximately 35 million naira.

The program, which has been operating in Nigeria since 1984, grants scholarships to deserving students with leadership potential to pursue a master’s degree at any UK university in any field.

In the Chevening 2023/2024 cycle, the UK government had previously awarded 44 Nigerians, including people with disabilities.


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