Faced with challenges, we sometimes give up and follow the course that challenges have set for us.
For Gerald Emmanuel Arhin, he would not let the fact that he is blind stop him from pursuing the highest levels of education and everything that come with it.
According to a story shared by his younger sister who uses the Twitter handle Sirlassey, Gerald was not born blind though he had a medical eye problem. At 6 years old, he underwent a surgery that was supposed to stabilize his glaucoma but that didn’t help.
Blind and now different from many of the kids in his primary school, his parents made the decision to get him the best educational support they could find – they enrolled him at the Akropong School For The Blind. It is a specialized school with staff trained to help Gerald with his educational needs.
While there, he sat for his Basic Education Certificate Examination and gained admission to Okuapeman Senior High School.
Now sharing a class and school system with other students with both eyes woking, Gerald did not back himself into a corner.
Excelled in class and when the time came he contested and won the boy’s prefect elections – making him the first blind Head Boy of the school.
He later gained admission to the University of Ghana where he read Political Science and graduated with GPA 3.8 out of GPA 4.0. Before his completion from the university, he contested and lost his bid to become the first blind President of the university’s Student’s Representative Council.
With a First Class degree, Gerald gained admission to read an MPhil programme in African Studies at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Gerald has successfully completed his Master’s and has his mind set on a new challenge – a PhD.
Brilliant as he is, he has already secured admission to read for a PhD in Development Policy and Management at Manchester University.
Since gaining admission, Gerald had been waiting for a scholarship decision from the university. They recently contacted him to inform him that they could not grant him the scholarship because of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected them.
That means he would have to make full payment for the PhD, however his family does not have sufficient funds to cover the cost. His, mother, who is a trader in Ghana has also been badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
But Gerald has never been one to let opportunities go without putting up a fight, that is why he has launched a Go Fund Me campaign to raise GHS 238,244 ($41,116) he needs to cover his first year tuition, accommodation and other key expenses.
As at the time of filing this report, 41 people have donated GHS 15,505 ($2,676) to support him, however, that is way off his target.
Gerald does not need eyesight to nurture his vision, but he needs your support to keep it alive.
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