On Tuesday 8 June, as part of The Prince’s Seeing is Believing programme, a group of prominent business people from the region spent the day visiting schools in the North West to see Mosaic programmes in action. The day was led by HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan, Chairman of Mosaic.
The Prince’s Seeing is Believing programme was set up in 1990 to enable senior corporate leaders to see how they can put their skills to use to help others. The Prince’s Seeing is Believing programme encourages senior corporate figures to leave their desks and get more involved in the community.
Senior representatives from Capco, the BBC, Accenture, The Manchester United Foundation, G4S and the British Transport Police attended the event along with representatives from The Hashoo Foundation and Wigan County Court.
The day started with a visit to Manchester United Football Club, where the delegates were welcomed by the Manchester United Foundation. The group was then given a tour around the grounds and met students from Manchester Academy and Ladybridge High School that were in the middle of a Mosaic World of Work visit to learn about career opportunities at Manchester United.
From there the visit continued to Accenture, where they welcomed by Craig Rea, Managing Director and Atifa Shah, Technology Infrastructure Consultant, who gave an inspirational account on why Accenture supports Mosaic’s mentoring programmes. Accenture were supporting a group of students from three local schools participating on the Mosaic Stars leadership programme, sharing Accenture’s world-class expertise on team-building for the benefit of the young people.
The day concluded with a visit to Essa Academy in Bolton that gave the delegates to observe and learn more about Mosaic’s secondary school mentoring programme, which connects individuals drawn from a wide range of professions and backgrounds with young people to motive, inspire and help them fulfill their potential by sharing their own experiences and discussing some of the challenges they might face.
Through their passion and powerful testimonies, the young people and children they met yesterday inspired the delegates to do more personally and as businesses to engage creatively with their local communities and address the issues and challenges facing young people in realising their potential. One student told the delegates “I now know I have a voice. Mosaic did that for me”
HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan, Chairman of Mosaic said: “”It is hugely important for me to see the work Mosaic is doing with children. I am passionate about it because children are bright and do well but sometimes need a push in the right direction through raising their aspirations. They deserve the best.”
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