YCT President wins British Government scholarship

YCT President wins British Government scholarship

President of the political action group, Youth Coalition for Transformation, Jermaine Grant has been selected by the British Government as the 2013/2014 Chevening Scholar.

Grant will spend the next year at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in International Security and Diplomacy. According to a release from the British High Commission in Georgetown, High Commissioner Andrew Ayre, said that he hoped the Master’s degree would be put to good use in the future in helping to reduce the threat posed to Guyana by trans-national crime and money laundering.

Grant thanked the British Government for the opportunity to pursue post-graduate studies in the UK as a Chevening Scholar.  He believes his selection affirms his leadership qualities and should be seen as an investment in Guyana’s future.

As President of the Youth Coalition for Transformation, Grant led a boycott against a number of organisations and groups seen as sympathetic to the People’s Progressive Party government after the 2011 General Elections. He also called on Guyanese young people to spend less of their money on partying and invest more in their future. He campaigned for A Partnership for National Unity during the 2011 Elections cycle.

The Youth Coalition for Transformation has been keeping a relatively low profile over the past year. The organisation has however launched reading and development programmes for youths in crime prone and troubled communities across the Georgetown area and has also done work in other parts of the country.

Grant also serves as a Trustee for the Society Against Sexual Orientation and Discrimination and served as a Tutorial Lecturer at the University of Guyana.

The Chevening Scholarships began in 1983 and is the UK Government’s global scholarship programme offered in over 118 countries funded mainly by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

According to the British High Commission, “The programme provides the opportunity for outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study post-graduate courses at higher education institutions in the UK which enables them to gain essential skills which will ultimately benefit their countries.”

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