My name is Charles Moses Kumburu, I'm 23 years old from Tanzania. My father being a tour guide and having 4 children in the family, my dad is having a challenge of taking us to college.
Having postponed my college degrees due to lack of money to finance my education, I was left with no option but to postpone my studies till next year. The fact that I will still begin my studies at a college level and again spend 2 years before I begin my university studies, I decided to apply for International Foundation Programme(1 year) at the University of Edinburgh as one of the pathway to Studying undergraduate degree in law and international relations (4 years). I applied because I wanted to save 1 year on college studies. Applying to the University of Edinburgh was a lot easier since I had a higher chance of getting an admission. The harder part was how and where I was going to get to pay my tuition fee and accommodation. Starting a crowd funding campaign was the only hope I had at the moment.
Coming from a family of low paid tour guide with 4 children in the family that needed to go to school, it was hard for my father to handle all the responsibility.
Being a science student during my higher secondary education, I was always inclined towards socio-economic, socio-legal and socio-political issues. Before my initial years at the institute, while in High School, I realized the appropriateness of the designation ‘advocate’. An advocate, according to me, is a person sufficiently skilled to represent an aggrieved person in a court of law. A person who is confident and knows how to use the language well before the court. So I started practicing advocacy to my fellow students by speaking in seminars and graduations full of 10000+ people. See my video : Charles moses speaking at Lufilyo high School Commencement 2016 .
The prevailing unfavourable circumstances in the African countries and in Tanzanian society, with regard to rule of law and justice delivery system were my primary motivation behind pursuing legal studies. The government of Tanzania does not offer support for such students. Support is only given to students enrolling to study bachelor degrees and much concentration and consideration is being put according to clusters. Programs like law are considered very small and are categrised as cluster III. See here: Requirements for gaining a loan from HESLB .
The responsibility attached to this University and skills gained through studying LLB (Hon) law and international relations degree will make me focus on improving my legal acumen. I also realize that practical working in the legal profession as it has been the main tradition for the University of Edinburgh, and being exposed to qualified and great lawyers in University of Edinburgh is an extension of theoretical knowledge acquired during law school days. Spending time in the law school will prepare me to effectively address various situations of professional and personal life. In University of Edinburgh, i would consider my progress in the ability to analyse a situation from a legal perspective, as my biggest achievement during my college life. My initial reaction to studying in University of Edinburgh is a feeling of satisfaction. The Tanzanian education system, in general, is producing labourers rather than leaders. The lack of vision is apparent, even in the premier institutions. In legal education, promoting originality in thinking is the need of the hour which can only be achieved through exchange of thoughts rather than a lecture based (one-sided) approach. I don't want to be a labour but a leader.
I therefore seek your educational assistance. I will be forever grateful of any donations made. Thank you for taking your time reading my campaign.