Valentine has suffered an ongoing fight for education all of her life but her determination to succeed means she is now studying for a degree in Business Studies at York St John University.
In her homeland of rural Maasailand, Kenya, Valentine’s community does not value the right for girls to have an education. So when her father struggled to pay for Valentine’s school fees, she was often sent home. Valentine says, “I poured my frustration into a poem to plead with my father to consider my education.” She continued, “It was this poem and a video made of it that brought me to the attention of the sponsors who helped me continue my journey to university in Kenya.” Valentine came to England in January 2009 to undertake a semester of creative writing and film making at York St John, and in September 2009, she won the University’s Inspire International Scholarship to complete her Business degree in England.
Determined to help other students have a right to an education, Valentine volunteers with York St John University’s development office, raising scholarship funds, whilst completing her degree. She is now also embarking on a project to support her former primary school in Kenya. “Education is something that never ends. Bringing it to others is my greatest satisfaction,” ended Valentine.