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We are delighted to bring you our maiden OXCAMP newsletter at this time of the year. The idea of newsletter has been mooted for some time now. For those of you who have been with us from the beginning you would be familiar with the email updates from me as the director of the Oxbridge Africa Mentorship Programme.
We began formally in 2012 and at the time we were only experimenting with an idea. We were not quite sure how it was all going to turn out. We therefore decided not to take a ‘quantum’ leap. Fortunately, the gradual process we adopted has turned out to be a rational and sensible approach. We had nothing but passion of a small group of Oxbridge alumni who wanted to make a difference.
Gradually we have expanded and here we are today. Looking back, it is incredible how far we have come. Thanks to your effort and support, many young lives have been touched in ways that you cannot imagine. We are especially grateful to you our mentors and trustees for your time and dedication without which we could not have made such progress. What is even more incredible is the fact that you did all this freely and without complaint. With your support we were able to organise our first OXCAMP Africa Summer Camp in August this year.
The summer camp brought together over 30 students from different countries in Africa to learn, network and support each other. Our volunteer staff dedicated a good deal of their time to ensure that the summer camp was a success. We had amazing resource persons who inspired and exposed the students to a range of activities including good writing skills, how to write a CV, the art of public speaking, debating skills and career options and how to reach their goals. This maiden newsletter highlights some of our activities and achievement over the past year. You will receive quarterly newsletters from next year to keep you updated about OXCAMP activities.
We are also working on our maiden OXCAMP Magazine, which is expected to be out in December. This will provide more detailed information about our progress and achievement. The OXCAMP Magazine is especially aimed at current and prospective students, parents and sponsors. As we only have limited resource, you will only receive electronic copies of the OXCAMP newsletter and magazine.
We will print limited copies for students and libraries of participating schools. This is also part of our effort to ensure that students in poor urban schools and rural schools have access to the information. Again, thank you for your passion and continued support for these young talents.
Dr Kofi E. Boakye
Director of OXCAMP Africa