On 17th July, three London primary schools took part in a graduation ceremony hosted by law firm Allen & Overy. Over 30 young girls and their mothers attended the ceremony and were congratulated on their achievements.
The guests heard from Rebecca Harries-Williams, an Allen & Overy employee and mentor on the programme, who inspired the girls by telling them about her personal experiences and how she has overcome barriers to reach her goals.
They then heard from Laila Khan, Head of Audit at Lloyds TSB. Laila spoke about her childhood growing up in Botswana and how her determination to pursue to her studies saw her come to the UK to study for her degree. Regarding her experience of mentoring on the programme Laila said, “It’s rewarding for mentors and well as mentees – a fantastic experience.”
Finally, Saleha Haque from Creatives Against Poverty encouraged the young girls to reach for their dreams and to continue to communicate with their mothers. Following the speeches the girls and mothers were awarded certificates for their participation in the programme.
Kim O’Reilly, Senior Operations Manager for Mosaic, said: “It’s clear to see that the girls and mothers benefit so much from this programme. Their confidence has increased and they are extremely proud of their achievements. The mentors do a fantastic job and are real role models for our mentees, and thanks to committed teachers we are able to put the whole programme together.”
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