Education shapes futures - Fanti's story

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Fanti, 25 years old, had to go far away from home to study at the University of Lagos. However, she persevered because she knows that education will change her life.

Fanti, 25 years old, had to go far away from home to study at the University of Lagos. However, she persevered because she knows that education will change her life.

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“No matter what you want to do, just make sure you go to school. It will really help change your life.”
Fanti Tukuwei

Fanti Tukewei, 25, from Nigeria says "Education has helped me become a distinct person." She believes that having an education has changed her perspective on life and broadened her horizons.

She studied chemistry at the University of Lagos, and since chemistry is a tough field of study, she had to make extra efforts to succeed. Despite a difficult major, Fanti cherishes the memories she has of school, especially her time at the lab, where she created chemicals that could be used in every day products.

Some of the difficulties she faced where due to living far away from her university - she would have to study on campus overnight, leaving her house at 11 pm in order to be able to get into the library and study on campus until 5 a.m.

For Fanti, learning in school goes beyond the subjects that people have chosen to study; she believes that receiving an education changed her way of thinking. Fanti stresses how important it is to get a good education: "No matter what you want to do, just make sure you go to school. It will really help change your life."

This story is part of Education shapes futures, a compilation of powerful stories of young people living in GPE partner developing countries on how education had a positive impact on their lives.

Sub-Saharan Africa: Nigeria

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