Students from Chilwell Croft and St Georges Primary Schools participated in two inspiration-filled days of the Mosaic Primary School Mentoring Programme as part of Mosaic’s work with the European Integration Fund.
11 students and their parents from two new Mosaic primary schools – Chilwell Croft and St Georges– were joined by mentors from Birmingham City Council, Birmingham City University and the Mitie Foundation on an intensive two-days of rapport building, education awareness-raising and confidence-boosting. This was made possible by funding received from the European Commission’s Integration Fund with the Mosaic Primary School Programme equipping young girls with the skills to connect education to work at an early age, through female mentors from professional backgrounds acting as role models, so that the girls can aspire to careers in a range of different sectors.
The European Fund for the Integration of non-EU immigrants (EIF) seeks to promote European cooperation, with the objective of granting comparable rights, responsibilities and opportunities for all. This is based on the notion that immigration has a valuable role to play in strengthening the EU’s competitiveness, addressing current and future demographic challenges and filling labour shortages. During the two days, there were wonderful examples of mothers who spoke little English delivering confidence speeches to a room full of people, shy students raising hands at every opportunity by the end of the programme and children working together who had previously not been getting along.
After the delivery of the 8-week course in two days, Rebecca Mitchell, Mosaic’s Regional Manager in the West Midlands commented: “It’s been two epic days of inspiration, happiness, honesty, lots of laughter and some crying too, but it’s been absolutely worth it. Its days like this that I am proud to work for Mosaic, where we are helping the most vulnerable in our society see the talent and potential within, so that they can contribute positively to our society and make the world a better place”.