Sanctuary Scholarships

Sanctuary Scholarships

September 15, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


I grew up in Afghanistan and came
to the UK at the age of 12 as an asylum seeker. I was originally born in Nigeria, I was born in Kaduna in 1999. The journey started in 2015 when I decided to leave Libya and come to the UK because of all of the stuff that’s going on back in Libya. I’m originally from Gaza and after I finished my master’s I decided to stay in the UK so I applied for asylum and then I was granted it in 2016 and I’m staying here now. Going to university to others is
something that’s part of the system. You grow up, you go to secondary school and then you go on to A levels and then you go to University. And
in a way it’s expected from a lot of people. But where I grew up, University is
not something that people are aware of or talk about. Well in 2011 the war broke out. At the age of 15 I found myself in a war zone. And whether you liked it or not, whether you were peaceful or violent or whatever, you had to do
stuff that you wouldn’t like, because it was survival. The idea of going home
was almost impossible because the political situation is very tense there
and there aren’t many opportunities for young people as I am to find secure jobs. I never ever thought in my life that I would be able to go to uni especially with the situation that I was in. I didn’t believe it until I got here, until I moved into my accommodation. It still felt so surreal. This scholarship means everything to me and I think to all the people who’ve got it
otherwise I don’t know what I would end up doing. It was a hard decision to seek asylum here and to start a new life, away from family, away from friends, away from home. The friends I’ve made, the people on my course, I feel like everyone here has really welcomed me and made me feel confident to be myself. No matter what
happens, no matter what I go through. I’m very grateful right now. It’s like my life was given back to me. I’m really appreciative of scholarships
that are provided for Refugees because they mean so much to them
because it gives them a sense of what they can do. Support is what you can offer and I just hope that your you can find in your heart to give because it is really important. So if you can support
this and allow people like me to actually go and continue their
education, become a person that can actually change the community, have
an impact, then please do.