London’s Fiona Asiedu started a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for her tuition to get a Masters in Human Development Psychology at Harvard Graduate School. One of her friends tweeted the campaign to Stormzy and he decided to anonymously donate 9000 pounds(Source). Raising the money on her own would be difficult due to her having a student visa and not being able to work in the U.S. She was able to raise over 12,000 pounds in 20 hours. Fiona Asiedu speaks on why she is pursuing a Masters in Human Development Psychology below.
I am particularly interested in psychological development of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, specifically ethnic minorities and those from working class backgrounds. Within the U.K., these groups face many social adversities, ranging from, marginalisation, to stereotypes, to inequality in education and employment. All of which negatively impact psychological development, leading to low confidence and motivation, low aspirations and mental health issues.
Studying Human Development and Psychology will equip me with the knowledge and skills necessary to generate effective interventions, particularly targeted at young people, to uphold healthy psychological development within this community.
In the future, I would also like to go into research concerning how psychological development of young people from socially disadvantaged and ethnic backgrounds can be implemented within education, for example, how the cultural relevance of education and the curriculum can be used for empowerment. I hope that this research will go on to shape British Education Policy.
– Fiona Asiedu