'Backway': The most guaranteed and sometimes fastest way to get a visa is through the academic route
"From my experience, the most guaranteed and sometimes the fastest way to get a visa is through the academic route." - Wuyeh Jobe
As discussion on the merits and demerits of young men, women and children taking the 'backway' route to Europe due to "lack" of opportunities or hopes for them in their own countries festers, Wuyeh Jobe has offered some inspiration to these youths - "prioritise education if you have plans to travel abroad"
In a message to Gunjur Development Forum "GDF", Wuyeh Jobe who benefitted from a GDF Academic Excellence Scholarship at Gunjur Upper Basic School before moving to Nusrat Senior Secondary School, UTG, and travelling to Ghana and Rwanda for his Computee Science degree and becoming a Software Engineer emphasised the importance of prioritising education to the youths.
Below, we reproduce verbatim, Wuyeh Job's message:
I was a beneficiary of this generous scholarship and wanted to share my experience to hopefully inspire my sisters and brothers who are threading the same path.
Around 2009 when a representative of GDF came to Gunjur Upper Basic School to announce this opportunity, it was an inspiration to work hard to be part of the three awardees. In 2011, I was awarded the scholarship and went ahead to attend Nusrat Senior Secondary school. Because the scholarship was contingent on continuous academic excellence, it pushed me to do better in high school and in 2014 I got one of the best results in the country in WASSCE (8As and 1B2), Alhamdulillah.
After the help of Allah, this was the gateway to so many opportunities. I got the Gambia government scholarship to attend UTG but I left that for 2 other prestigious scholarships from the Mastercard Foundation to pursue a bachelors degree in computer science in Ghana and a masters degree in information technology in Rwanda. 10 years later after that generous scholarship, I have travelled around the world, became a software engineer and able to work from anywhere, and much more. I thank Allah, parents and guardians, and GDF who have helped in the journey. Indeed, it takes a community.
From my experience, the most guaranteed and sometimes the fastest way to get a visa is through the academic route (a student visa, exchange scholar, travelling for a conference, etc.). This implies that our young people in school should be encouraged to prioritize their education if they have plans of travelling abroad.
Additionally, there are so many scholarships nowadays that you can apply online from the comfort of your house and the most important criteria is having good academic records. Searching for something like "bachelor/masters degree scholarships" in google will generate thousands of results for various scholarships in different countries."