Nyathi was awarded the Human Rights Convocation Scholarship to study the MA Human Rights programme at the University of London, with academic direction from the School of Advanced Study (SAS).
From a young age, UoL alumnus Nyathi had a passion for human rights. When he was awarded the Human Rights Convocation Scholarship to study the MA Human Rights course, it provided him with the confidence to turn his passion into a fulfilling career in social justice.
Recalling the moment he found out about the scholarship, Nyathi says, “It was a great honour to be awarded the University of London Human Rights Convocation Scholarship.” As a human rights defender, Nyathi always wanted to enhance his knowledge of human rights. This scholarship was awarded to him at a time when he could not manage to pay for further study.
Nyathi acknowledges, “It came as an inspiration and moral booster for me in my quest for human rights, a field usually with enormous risks and scant recognition and rewards for human rights defenders.”
Nyathi comes from a region in Zimbabwe where he as a minority group, have suffered human rights violations, including a genocide in the early 1980s notoriously known as Gukurahundi. Being exposed to this painful experience taught him student struggles against privatisation and ultimately the broader struggles for democratisation, social justice and human rights in his native country.
Reflecting back on being awarded the scholarship, Nyathi explains, “Being a recipient of this scholarship gave me peace of mind and allowed me to devote more time to my studies, as I did not have to worry about fees. It also allowed me to learn at my own pace without any financial restrictions or hindrance.”
“My study at the University of London has been momentous. My perspective and approach to human rights now acknowledges the fact that, although each and every human rights struggle is unique, there runs a thread of commonality that intertwines all human rights struggles everywhere in the world.”
As for the future, Nyathi reflects on some of the immediate issues he believes we’re facing. “Global warming, climate change, pollution, resource depletion, and inequality are, in my view, the greatest immediate threats to human rights,” he says. However, Nyathi believes in the inherent goodness of mankind: “I am inspired by the courage, resilience and boldness of human and environmental rights campaigners all over the world, which gives me a glimmer of hope for a more human rights friendly world.”
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