Inspirational student overcomes adversity and wins Adult Learners’ Week 2014 award

Posted by ap507 at Jun 05, 2014 03:25 PM |
Distance learning student Samuel Akera wins prestigious Learning for Work award after conquering hardship

An inspirational distance learning student from the University has been selected for a prestigious Adult Learners’ Week 2014 ‘Learning for Work’ Award, based on his academic success after overcoming social and financial adversity. 

Samuel Akera (pictured), who received his Master’s degree in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management from the University of Leicester in January 2014, was nominated for the ‘University of Leicester; Learning for Work’ Award by Dr Nibedita S Ray-Bennett from the University’s Civil Safety and Security Unit.

Samuel’s inspirational story begins in Uganda, where he grew up as a child of civil conflict. At the age of 11 he lost his father to an assassination – his house was burnt to the ground and as a result his family of eight siblings became homeless.

This marked the beginning of a lifelong struggle to survive dependent on his mother’s salary, which in turn forced his older siblings to drop out of school. In spite of this hardship, Samuel’s family encouraged him to pursue his education – he was able to break out of poverty and obtain a degree.

Adult Learners’ Week, which takes place between 14 – 20 June, is a celebration of lifelong learning. Adults who continue to learn throughout their lives are healthier, happier and have greater self-confidence and self-esteem.

The East Midlands regional award ceremony will take place on Friday 6 June between 4:15 – 7:45pm at the Leicester Adult Education College, 2 Wellington Street, Leicester LE1 6HL.

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