Dami Makinde, UK

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Dami Makinde is Co-Lead at Let Us Learn. An advocate for youth empowerment and access to education, Makinde helped launch the #YoungGiftedandBlocked campaign, calling for the creation of university scholarships and other allocated funds for migrants who are barred from accessing student financial aid in the U.K. due to their immigration status.

“I personally believe that in today’s society, young people who are going through particular circumstances are not given a platform to voice out their issues. I believe that professionals of different sectors usually take on that role. In order to create a generation of future leaders, young people should be given a safe space, handed the mic, and collaborate with others about how best to overcome what is happening in their societies.”

Dami Makinde’s project is also her job and her life goal. Under the umbrella of ‘Just for Kids Law’ founded by Shauneen Lambe (UK ’15) Makinde aims for all young people living in the UK to be able to access student finance, regardless of immigration status. She spoke movingly about this at the European Regional Conference in London, on a panel focusing on ‘Global Citizens in a Nationalist World’. Makinde’s project report shares her story.

Dami Makinde Project Report