The Makandal Daaga Scholarship and the need for Change Agents

The Makandal Daaga Scholarship and the need for Change Agents

Civil society plays a key role in any society – none more so than in developing and emerging countries; countries, in fact, like those of the Caribbean. Transparency. Accountability. Good Governance. Social Justice. Examples abound when our society fails to measure up. If we doubt this, reflect on the results of the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index:

Caribbean sub-region rankings
Transparency International Corruption Perception Index, 2018 

Caribbean rank*

Global rank

Country

CPI / 100

1

25

Barbados

68

2

29

The Bahamas

65

3

41

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

58

4

45

Dominica

57

5

50

St. Lucia

55

6

53

Grenada

52

7

61

Cuba

47

8

70

Jamaica

44

9

73

Suriname

43

10

78

Trinidad & Tobago

41

11

93

Guyana

37

12

129

Dominican Republic

30

13

161

Haiti

20

Adapted from Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, 2018

For these and many more reasons, the Faculty of Law at UWI’s St. Augustine Campus is seeking to create lawyers who will be meaningful change agents within the Caribbean. It is doing so through the Makandal Daaga Scholarship in Law, now in its third year. Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Dean of the Faculty of Law, is passionate about the Makandal Daaga scholarship and the “tremendous opportunity for the scholars who are given the tools of law to further their important work in activism and social development. It also furthers the goal of the Faculty of Law and The UWI to create greater access to the Law programme based on more broad-based, relevant criteria. Both lead to building better, more socially centred lawyers who will strive to reconstruct our societies for the greater good, promoting ideals of egalitarianism and justice."

The Makandal Daaga scholarship is an equal opportunity scholarship where applicants may be of any age, gender, race, or CARICOM nationality. It targets candidates who would not normally qualify for entry into the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme based only on academic qualifications.  Applicants must be persons with a discernible record of advocating for positive social change in their communities through concrete work on issues of justice, equality, or democracy, whether in an NGO, governmental, regional, or individual capacity and must also satisfy at least the minimum matriculation requirements of The University of the West Indies to the Faculty of Law.

Kareem Marcelle, the first recipient of the Makandal Daaga Scholarship in Law (2017), urges anyone involved in activism in the Caribbean to apply for the scholarship, “Even if you feel disheartened that law may be too hard, I am telling you that once you reach here this Faculty is helpful in helping you achieve these goals; if you work with them, they will work with you . . .  If you know that you have been working hard continuously for your community and it does not have to be a physical community, it could be a community of so many different diasporas of persons and groups that you would want to fight for . . . a law degree can definitely help you to make that one step closer to achieve that”.

The responsibility to create a better Caribbean is an individual as much as a collective one.

Create a student body preparing for leadership in a global environment. Scholarships change lives! For more information email iad@alumni.uwi.edu or you can visit https://www.uwi.edu/alumnionline/alumni-central/get-involved/donate.

To apply for the Scholarship please visit https://sta.uwi.edu/scholarships

To apply to the Faculty of Law please visit https://sta.uwi.edu/apply

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2019.

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