Birmingham City University has hosted the last of this year’s Mosaic West Midlands primary school university visits and graduations with over 120 girls, mums, school staff and mentors from Anderton Primary School, Arden Primary School, Parkfield Community School and Ward End Primary School reaping the rewards of Mosaic’s primary school mentoring programme.
With the support of Student Ambassadors from BCU, participants had a tour of the wonderful facilities. They visited the court rooms, the library with its impressive collection of books and periodicals, and the newly built gym. A visit to the student union showed them that university is not all about study and can involve taking part in activities and clubs as diverse as horse riding, acting and debating.
Following the tour, the girls, with support from their mums and their mentors, settled down to produce wonderful posters highlighting their Mosaic journey and what they had learnt from the programme, the university tour and chats with the student ambassadors.
In the afternoon guests listened intently to Nabila Zulfiqar, Senior Legal Adjudicator at the Solicitors Regulation Authority, who spoke about her personal journey and how supportive and encouraging both her parents were, enabling her and her 3 siblings to pursue their dreams and aspirations.
Nabila then presented each of the girls, mums, mentors and school staff with their Certificate with Gurjit Shergill, Deputy Head Teacher at Arden Primary School reflecting:
“Our mums and daughters have found Mosaic an enjoyable, exciting and inspiring programme, which has brought them closer together. It has also given mums the understanding and confidence to help their daughters in achieving their aspirations in life.
“Mums have said they enjoyed working with the school, supporting their daughters, making new friends and feeling active in their daughters learning, whilst the girls have told me they loved having quality time with their mums, thinking and engaging in ideas and discussions, being treated in a grown up way and thinking about their futures.
“We have been very fortunate to have such friendly, dedicated, committed, hard working mentors who have had a passion to making a difference to our mums and daughters. We couldn’t have done it without them!”
When asked what motivated her to support the programme, Arden Primary School Mentor Andelys Tomlinson commented:
“My original motivation to become a Mosaic mentor was simply the opportunity to motivate women and girls to reach for the stars. There are too many barriers in all societies that can stop women and girls fully realising their potential and by sharing the experiences I have had I wanted to show the world available to them.
“There are so many more opportunities on offer nowadays but we do need to shine a bright light on these careers and show how accessible they can be.”
Sabena Jameel, mentor at Anderton Primary School enthused:
“This is my first experience mentoring with Mosaic. I took part as I wanted to ‘give something back’, to try and inspire a generation of young girls to see the power and value of education and to make the best of themselves and realise their potential”.
Mosaic West Midlands is now recruiting mentors to support our primary and secondary school programmes commencing in autumn 2013. If you are interested in becoming a Mosaic mentor please contact Annalisa Lockett, Mosaic West Midlands Regional Manager via Annalisa.firstname.lastname@example.org.