PhD Tuition Support Appeal for Dickson Tarnongo, disabled asylum seeker
Dickson Tarnongo is a 40-year-old asylum seeker currently living in Coventry. When he was 9 years old, he contracted Polio and has been confined to a wheelchair ever since. This disability did not stop him from studying law and campaigning for disability rights in Nigeria where he is from. Sadly, it was no longer safe for him to stay in Nigeria, he ended up seeking sanctuary in the UK where he had studied several years ago and had a community of friends to help him.
Since January 2020 he has been living in temporary accommodation for people seeking asylum and as he is not allowed to work, he has been volunteering with the British Red Cross and Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre.
The Covid 19 pandemic and the lockdown have been very hard for all asylum seekers as they had to survive and shield on less than £40 per week, but for Dickson there are additional challenges of mobility and isolation. However, he did not give in to the depression, but spent his time applying for PhD programmes as he already has an LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights (postgraduate degree in law) from the University of Warwick
In June 2020, Dickson was offered a place to do PhD in Disability Rights and Citizenship in Nigeria at Leicester University and has received an unconditional offer as a Home Student.
This means a world to Dickson as he can now make use of the waiting time while his asylum claim is being processed, which can take years. Unfortunately, even though he has been accepted as a Home Student, he still has to pay £4,507 tuition fee for 2020/1 and he has to make half this payment by September 2020.
Dickson has applied for several scholarships, but did not have much success as most schemes are either for undergraduates or have already been allocated earlier in the year.
That is when his friends and supporters suggested that he tried a crowdfunding appeal.
If you are able to make a donation, please do so and help Dickson continue his education and make a useful contribution to society here and campaign for disability rights internationally. Please share this appeal with your friends as the deadline for tuition fees is in September. Thank you for your support.