Jul 23, 2011

#BDS: Make A Dream Come True : Just Once, Please – for Nader K.

Courtesy of Occupied Palestine:

Make a Dream “Just Once, Please…” Come True!

On June 19 we reposted a touching blogpost (see below) of Nader aka @imNadz from Gaza about the difficulties Gazans are facing in education, and his hope and his despair on chances for a scholarship abroad.
All his and our prayers have been heard because Nader – unless the highly competitive demands – has reveived an unconditional offer for an MCS Business Intelligence & Analytics at the University of Westmister in UK!
The full time 1 year course is starting in September 2011 so time is limited for arrangements for the Confirmations of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) only is issued after the years tuiton fees.  This means the University only isssues the CAS after payment of  £4000 which is obligatory as well to be able to apply for a student visa to travel even out of Gaza. So a very limited time to arrange all especially for as almost all students and especially even talented ones like Nader in Gaza are jobless and without any income at all. Hence, over 70% of Gazans are even dependant on food aid for staying alive.
This blog does not fundraise for itself. We sometimes fundraise for special occassion, mostly when urgent surgeries are needed for children in Gaza with severe diseaseses, cancer, born with heart-diseases and so on.  This time, knowing Nader and his endless fights for being able to study we want to post this appeal to make his dream come true and ask you all for a little help because together we can change someone’s life and opportunities.
Needless to say, for almost anyone else in the world education or traveling abroad for education is something obvious and nothing special. But for someone in Gaza it is almost impossible without some help from others.
So our appeal is: Let’s Make His Dream “Just Once, Please… ” Come True!
The total fees for academic year 2011/12 starting in September 2011 according to tuitionfees spreadsheet published on the website of the University of Westminster the costs for the expenses are:
Estimated Monthly Expenses in GBP
TypeEstimated Cost
Tuiton Fees10,785*
Living Expenses400
* Total fees for academic year 2011/12 starting in September 2011 according to tuition
Given the financial opportunity with some help of us all makes Nader able to complete an MSc Business Intelligence and Analytics degree would mean his dream of becoming an Advanced Data Analyst could be realized.
For more information contact @imNadZ, or to make a direct  donation via his weblog and be part of making this dream and once in a lifetime chance into reality go to the weblog of Nader : Sleepless in Gaza
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June 19, 2011 | Nader K | Sleepless in Gaza

Just Once, Please  -  by Nader K.

It was Thursday when Ziyaad, Mohammed, Mr. Refaat and I met in the evening to watch the sunset and converse, as we left the plan for rest of the night to be decided later. The usual conversation then went from about life to almost all aspects; whether be it social, economical, political, educations, or anything you could possibly think of.
We then started talking about education once again. Mohammed is going to London School of Economics (LSE) to do his Masters in Global Politics, Mr. Refaat is going to Kent University to do his PhD in Comparative Literature, while I was still not sure about what should happen next. My mind starts to wonder off to three weeks ago, when I received an unconditional offer from the University of Westminster for a Masters degree in Business Intelligence and Analytics.
It was a sunny Friday when I received an email from the admissions office in the University of Westminster, telling me that the University has made an unconditional offer, for the previously mentioned course, starting in September 2011. This very email was the first ever to put me in tears. I was very happy that I’d finally made it half way through to the UK!
Three hours later, I applied to the scholarship, without which, I won’t be able to continue my education! All required papers were submitted. TOEFL and IELTS, full transcript, Résumé, etc. The scholarship sent a confirmation receipt by email a few hours later. I lean back and grab my cup of coffee with a wide smile. I felt so close to leaving Gaza for the first time in my life.
All of this flashed in front of my eyes in a fraction of a second, and I am back to reality when Mr. Refaat asked me: “So, Nader, for which scholarship did you apply?” With utmost courage I replied: “PEACE”. As soon as I said that, the whole atmosphere changed to absolute silence, which, in fact, terrified me a little bit and made me feel a bit uncomfortable, as I sensed something wrong. “What’s wrong?” I asked, breaking the silence, wanting to bring the old atmosphere back. “Nothing!” Mr. Refaat replied, stopped for second and continued, “Did you know that this is one of the highly competitive scholarships?”
Once again, my feelings were right. I knew something bad wass going to happen because nothing has ever gone right so far. Then Mr. Refaat continued, “I know many who have applied to this very scholarship and I believe that it is going to be highly competitive this year”, “Yeah, right” I said to myself and the topic changed somehow and we ditched this topic as it was time for Maghrib.
I spent fifteen minutes thinking of what Mr. Refaat had said over and over again and the more I thought about it, the more that creepy feeling got me. So I just decided to leave and go to the gym to release the depression and clear my mind at least for an hour.
It took me two whole days to recover from that shock. Also, thanks to my friends who have helped me through this. Without them, I wouldn’t have come to realize that I am a competitor and I deserve to get it for my rich work experience and academic excellence. I am not depressed anymore, but not getting the scholarship will be totally devastating.
If you happen to be or know someone in the scholarships office in the university, talk to them about my case please. Otherwise, just pray I get it. Help me help make the world a better place.
Nader K.

#BDS: Paul Simon violates the boycott call and performs in Tel Aviv

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