Submitted by Ms. JD
In 2010 Ms. JD launched the Global Education Fund to enable women in developing countries to pursue legal educations who otherwise would not have access to further education. Monica Athieno is one of the 2010-2011 Ms. JD International Scholars being supported by the GEF's inaugural grant to Makerere University in Uganda. Here are her reflections on her first semester.
My first day in Makerere University and the School of Law in particular was a mixture of emotions. I was overjoyed to be admitted at Makerere University to pursue the Law Degree and yet deep down in my mind I was wondering who is going to pay my fees. The first two months in Law School were very difficult for me as I was trying to find my ‘bearing’; especially looking for tuition and accommodation.
In the face of the above difficulties, my prayers were answered when Ms. JD offered to sponsor my fees. I was extremely glad because my dream of pursuing the law degree was now being fulfilled. November 20th, 2011 will be a memorable day in my life when during the launch of the Female Scholarship Foundation; I was officially awarded the Ms. JD International Scholarship. If I may quote my maternal uncle who accompanied me;
“Monica, I am so delighted for this wonderful offer. God has indeed heard our prayers. The rest is now up to you girl, do not disappoint your family and above all Ms. JD.”
My entire family was so glad to read about my scholarship in the newspaper. My appreciation goes to Makerere University and particularly to the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate and Ms. JD. I look at them now as my ‘new parents’. I have two words to say to them, Thank You!
Regarding my studies in the first semester, we were introduced to five subjects as follows: Development studies, Introducing law, principles of constitutional law, the law of contracts, Fundamentals of criminal law. Let me briefly explain what I learned in each subject:
In Development Studies, I was able to learn a number of development theories and one thing I realized is that one has to be updated about matters taking place around the globe. I also got to know about the development trends in Africa overtime; from post Colonial times to the present day. And we studied what the third world countries are doing to boost development and the role of donors towards development.