This is My story…

FINAL UPDATE – May 29, 2009!

I have reach the targeted amount, which was actually £1774.83. I had asked for your help with £1600 because of a restriction Paypal has on their account system (based on UK laws – £1700 maximum allowed to be donated to an account for a year).

This has been a tremendous effort and I am eternally grateful to those of you who contributed to my graduating. I have been given an extension to make the final payment on Monday June 1, 2009. I will update the Blog then.

The amount received through your efforts (which I am so grateful for) – stands at £202.7 1 – (as at May 29, 2009- 5:45pm). As promised,the amount collected will be donated to the charity mentioned below in due course and the result displayed here. The donate button has been disabled as well.  Thanks again. Please visit this page for further updates.

New Update! (May 28, 2009) Received loan of £1000, already have tranferred most of this £200 in Paypal to my bank account: Balance: to reach target is now: £400!
Update as of 10:00pm – May 28, 2009: [£1,200] of £1,600 raised! Thank you!
Update as of 7:44am – May 27, 2009:  [£198.08] of £1,600 raised! Thank you!
Update as of 2:00am – May 27, 2009: [£178.96] of £1,600 raised! Thank you!
Update as of 3:58pm – May 24, 2009: [£174.36] of £1,600 raised! Thank you!
Update as of 10:00am – May 24, 2009: [£169.76] of £1,600 raised! Thank you!
Update as of 6:45pm – May 24, 2009: [£160.35] of £1,600 raised! Thank you!
Update as of 1:00pm – May 16, 2009: [£151.09] of £1,600 raised! Thank you!
Update as of 11:30am – May 12, 2009: [£127.27] of £1,600 raised! Thank you!
Update as of 5:07pm – May 10, 2009: [£122.64] of £1,600 raised! Thank you!
Update as of 2:41pm – May 10, 2009: [£110.35] of £1,600 raised! Thank you!
Update as of 10:34am – May 10, 2009: [£107.39] of £1,600 raised! Thank you!
Update as of  10:07pm – May 9, 2009:  [£97.98] of £1,600 raised! Thank you!
Update as of  10:07pm – May 9, 2009:  [£92.41] of £1,600 raised! Thank you!
Update as of  3:38pm – May 9, 2009:  [£81.28] of £1,600 raised! Thank you!
Update as of  2:06pm – May 9, 2009:  [£62.16] of £1,600 raised! Thank you!

Here is a “fun” video to start the adventure!

Can the Internet help me graduate?

Contrary to the ‘exploratory research’ recently blown out of proportion by mainstream media, that Facebook students underachieve in exams, social media may not only facilitate powerful learning experiences, they may even help you focus and graduate. So how is this possible and how can you be a part of such an adventure? Read on to hear the full story.

There is a personal theme that permeates my entire master’s degree programme; namely the education of persons from marginalised communities through the creative and conscientious use of technology in teaching and learning. My dream, my vision, is to leverage the knowledge and experience I will gain by completing this masters in Digital Technology, Communication and Education (MA-DTCE) from the University of Manchester in serving persons from marginalised communities and their communities, by extension.

For financial reasons, pursuing a master’s degree has been a struggle. But I have been persistent. Before coming here I applied for scholarships for three consecutive years unsuccessfully.  So I decided this school year that I would pursue this degree by funding myself, which meant putting all my savings and selling all my assets to fund this degree. Now that I am here, I have been able to cover most of my expenses, and I am one MA thesis or £1,600 (USD $2,420) away from completing my studies.  I had hoped to be able to work and cover this last part of my tuition fees but have been unable to find work even though I have applied for several different jobs. The final payment of £1,600 (USD $2,420) is due on May, 29, 2009 and this is where we have turned to you for assistance (here is a screenshot of the email that I received from University regarding my last installment).

I believe in my dream of making a difference. Therefore when Dr. George Veletsianos (my tutor,whose twitter profile is here) suggested that we use what we learned in class to cover my tuition fees, I felt hopeful again. George suggested that we capitalize on the power of social media and our individual networks in what amounts to “asking friends and strangers for help.” In short, instead of calling my family and friends (over and over) for help, we would ask you through Twitter, Facebook, and this blog. George is hopeful, and so am I, that this can really happen.

The idea is simple. We ask each of you to contribute what you can to cover £1,600 (or USD $2,420 at today’s exchange rate). We either need 1600 people to contribute £1 each, or 10 people to contribute £160 each, or just 1 person with £1,600) To do so, we are providing the PayPal link below.  The process doesn’t end there of course: I commit to donating the amounts I receive to a charity – The Charity Center within one year. This blog will remain active so that I can inform us when this has been done. (Also, when I have paid my tuition, I will post a photocopy of the receipt here to keep us informed of my progress.) In this way, you aren’t just helping me to finish my degree and serve those who are marginalised, but you are also helping the charity that will be receiving this money from me. We replace the concept of paying back with that of “paying it forward” whereby someone else is assisted in the end.

“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.” as Erma Bombeck wrote but I would rather try something that does not work than do nothing at all. It is not just in me that you are sowing, it is in a vision, a dream that will make a difference in many lives. This is indeed an amazing adventure as well. What can technology and the willing heart of human beings accomplish when we work together to achieve something never done before? Fascinating!

I dedicate this master’s degree to my grandmother 81 years in July who told me to “Fight manfully onwards and achieve the victory” – I am fighting for my vision, my dream and with your help I will achieve the victory. I thank you all.

Your friend

Kojo Nyame

LET ME TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK EVERYONE OF YOU WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS VISION IN YOUR OWN WAY. I AM DEEPLY MOVED AND APPRECIATE YOUR ASSISTANCE. THE LINK BELOW NO LONGER WORKS AS THE DONATIONS ARE CLOSED.  IT WILL ONLY RETURN YOU TO THIS PAGE.

“After clicking the “donate” botton above, please first enter your donation amount and click Update Total so that others can know what the running total is. Once that step is completed, you can use the form provided to complete the process. Thank you immensely”

PS:  In terms of access to loans, I had made several attempts back home (in Jamaica) but studies overseas are not funded and in the UK, loans are not available to me, an international student.

Music for the video above created by Cryns #3.

9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alex H  |  May 12, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Good luck with this Kojo – e-Learning needs you!

    Reply
    • 2. princekoj  |  May 12, 2009 at 10:41 am

      I too need e-learning. Thanks Alex.

      Reply
  • 3. Kojo Nyame  |  May 16, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Just a few sayings of interest:

    Who we are looking for is the one who is looking.
    You wont find yourself by looking at the world outside.
    The world will only reflect who you are back to you.
    Botsio.

    Reply
  • 4. Alanna  |  May 16, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I know you will graduate Kojo. You are one of the most wonderful persons on this earth and God’s glory will continue to shine through you. Love and Blessings, Alanna (the cabbage patch girl 🙂

    Reply
    • 5. princekoj  |  May 16, 2009 at 11:54 pm

      You are such a sweetheart, a gentle soul. Thank you so much for everything. I definitely have to trust God with this one: plus – The heights of great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight. but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward through the sky.

      Love you loads.

      Reply
  • 6. Andrea Parris-Moseley  |  May 18, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Kojo, I really support your cause and have prayed that God will touch hearts and pocket-books to help you on this project. I know it must have taken a bold move on your part to make this leap of faith and encourage you to fight the good fight and trust Him to deliver you. Andrea P-M

    Reply
    • 7. princekoj  |  May 18, 2009 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you very much Andrea. I appreciate it. It is indeed a faith walk. Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. (Job) – I read that for years and did not realize that slay = kil. So now the verse takes on a new meaning.

      Thanks Andrea.l

      Reply
  • 8. Camille  |  May 21, 2009 at 2:40 am

    I will continue to pray with you as you achieve this goal for Christ, through Christ.

    Reply
  • 9. Janice  |  May 29, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Hey Kojo, I pray you achieve your goal. I am not in the position to help but i will continue to pray for your success in reaching your goal.

    Reply

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