Poverty has remained the main culprit that hinders a person to pursue a degree. Huge efforts to address it have been developed by governments around the globe, one of which is education. A huge number of aspiring students, who want to get a degree, usually come from the least fortunate countries. Despite having exceptionally intelligent individuals, poor countries could offer but fewer opportunities for these young talents, thereby rendering them less useful.
The Commonwealth of Nations or known simply as The Commonwealth is one of those great agents of change by offering distance learning opportunities especially to its member states and some exceptions. The Commonwealth is comprised of 53 members, most of which have been part of the British Empire colony. Having shared the same history, language, culture and values has made the member parties well-knit despite not legally obliged to one another.
In an effort to uplift the educational morale of its members, The Commonwealth in partnership with some of its UK universities has offered part-time Master’s degree by distance learning. Online course tuition fees and other online compulsory costs in the UK are covered. Least developed countries (LDCs) and lower to middle income ones are the target population of this scholarship grant.
Conditions apply for the scholarship applicants. Students who were granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country may also apply. Permanent residents of a developing Commonwealth country are also eligible to take part in the grant.
Classes usually start in September and the participating UK universities and their online programs offered varied on a yearly basis. Having received funding from UK Department for International Development (DFID) (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development) it aims to motivate intellectually qualified students to pursue a degree through distance learning program to gain knowledge and skills for sustainable development. Such offer is granted to those unable to shoulder the costs of being physically present in a class setting due to great financial constraint. Under six themes, this grant encompasses: a.)Science and technology for development; b.) Strengthening health systems and capacity; c.) Promoting global prosperity; d.) Strengthening global peace, security and governance e.) Strengthening resilience and response to crises; and f.) Access, inclusion and opportunity.
Such bold move can be likened to a saying of teaching a man how to fish rather than giving him a fish. Every eligible country offers a wide variety of online degree programs that will be shouldered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Committee (CSC) (http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/distance-learning/)