The New Futures fund scholarship supports LSE students to better understand and shape our changing world, regardless of financial circumstances. Madelle Kangha (BSc Law and Anthropology, 2012), now a United Nations Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals, reflects on the long-term impact of her scholarship.
Across the African continent, there are millions of young Africans who face a future of uncertainty. In the next ten years, over a hundred million young Africans are entering the labour force: there are not enough jobs for them, and those jobs are changing from advancements in technology.
These are young people with the potential to create value for themselves and in their communities. What they need is training to break the barriers they face, and ignite their possibilities.
The support of the New Futures Fund at LSE ignited my possibilities. I was fortunate to have thought-provoking classes, a diverse international community of friends, and to take advantage of extracurricular activities at LSE including doing pro-bono work and the LSE mentoring scheme.
My experience at LSE fostered a mindset of hard work, determination and resilience, which I have used in the last seven years to foster change and development. I now run a for-impact social venture, Jumpstart Academy Africa, which seeks to educate Africa’s job creators by pioneering an entrepreneurship curriculum: first by training – and retraining – young people in 21st century skills, and second by enabling these young people to create long-term and sustainable value.
Like many African youth who study abroad, all I wanted to do after graduating from LSE in 2012 was to take up my job offer and start to earn. But I couldn’t ignore the realities of youth unemployment on the African continent. Over the last five years, we have enabled over 350 young people in Cameroon and beyond to navigate a future of uncertainty, creating long-term value in rural areas and cities alike.
I will always be grateful for the support I received at LSE, which gave me the confidence to make the change I wanted to do. I strongly encourage fellow LSE alumni, partners and friends to help realise the dreams of other young people who want to make their world a better place.
Through regular giving philanthropic support, the New Futures Fund scholarship enables the brightest and most talented students to take up and continue studying at LSE, regardless of financial circumstances. Twenty-four LSE students were supported by the scholarship in 2018/19.
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