From: Robert Alai
20 distance learning scholarships available in 2007 for scholars in African Commonwealth countries to study the MSc in Education for Sustainability at London South Bank University.
An exciting opportunity has been offered by the UK Commonwealth Scholarships Commission to join an internationally recognised, cutting edge masters' programme and to become part of a community of learning and practice in Education for Sustainability(EFS). If eligible (see below), you are advised to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for applications to be received in our office is Monday May 28th
The EFS programme at LSBU has over 12 years of experience working with practitioners to build capacity in education for sustainability. The programme was set up in 1994 as the result of an innovative collaboration between a consortium of development and environmental non governmental organisations and the university. Participants have been drawn from a wide range of backgrounds, professions and geographical regions and many graduates have gone on to become key change makers in their fields and to take up influential positions in key organisations. (Check out our website www.lsbu.ac.uk/efs )
We are currently looking for applicants who are working in African Commonwealth countries, who are in leadership or potential leadership roles in their organisation and who are interested in becoming part of a community of practice in EFS. Please note that these are full funded scholarships for distance learning. For successful applicants, funding will cover all the costs of tutoring, assessment, study guides and readers, together with a travel grant for attendance at the Introductory week.
INFORMATION ABOUT APPLYING
You can apply online using the on line application form, marking it 'scholarship application'. In addition to the usual requirements of the EFS programme, scholarship applicants will need to have a computer with internet access and to be able to travel to the introductory week in October 2007. You will need to be able to contribute to regular web discussion and activities.
In assessing your suitability for a scholarship we will take particular note of your Personal Statement (approximately 1000 words) which will need to address key issues regarding the scholarships. You will need to identify clearly how your studies will help your own personal leadership development and enable you to become an effective agent for change towards education for sustainability. It would be useful if you could give some outline ideas of how you might be able to apply your learning, for example, activities that the course might enable you to take on. You might also like to think about where you hope to be in terms of career and personal development in 4 years time. In addition, you will need to make clear that you have regular access to a computer with email and internet access and indicate your commitment to participating in the course discussions and activities on the web site.
You will also need to obtain support from your employer to enable you to apply your learning through your role within your organisation. It would be useful also if your employer could undertake, as part of this support, to give you some paid study time. You will need to provide evidence of this support in the form of a reference from your employer. You will also need a second reference from someone else who knows you well and can vouch for your commitment and ability to follow a distance learning course.
Scholars will become part of an active community of practice and so you should also make clear in your Personal Statement how you will be committed to this both during and after the course. To encourage the development of a learning community, applications are encouraged from up to 5 applicants from the same organisation/ area of work/ country. For example: applicants working for the same NGO across several countries/ regions; applicants from different government departments in the same country; applicants from different departments from the same college/ university.
Contact Ros Wade on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0207 815 5792
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