It was time to celebrate in Manchester as 75 young girls and their mothers from schools in Greater Manchester attended their graduation ceremony at Manchester Metropolitan University this week.
The four Greater Manchester schools present at the event were Crumpsall Lane Primary School, Haveley Hey Primary School, Marlborough Road Academy and Oasis Harpur Mount Academy. All of the graduates were supported by teaching staff from each school and their mentors.
Mosaic would like to thank Criterion Capital and the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery for their generous support of the primary school mentoring programme.
The young graduates and their mothers also listened to an inspirational talk from para-athlete Eleni Papadopoulos. Eleni competes in paraswimming and paratriathlon and has represented GBR in both these sports at European and World Championship level. She has won bronze and double silver at swimming European Championships and silver the World triathlon Championships. She holds 8 British, 4 European and 1 World Record in the s10 category in swimming, is currently studying law and is hoping to compete at the Rio Paralympic games in both sports.
Eleni said: “I thoroughly enjoyed working with Mosaic today. To see young girls develop their self-confidence, whether in sport, education, or just in general was amazing. I thought the presence and involvement of the mothers was brilliant as it really helped the girls realise that the women who raise them are champions in their own individual ways. I would have loved to have taken part in something like this with my mother at a young age and I look forward to working with mosaic in the future.”
Anne Earley, Mosaic North West Regional Officer who attended the ceremony, also said: “Every single person who has participated in the programme deserves the praise and recognition for all the time and effort they have devoted. Well done to all our mentors, girls and their mothers. And let us not forget the brilliant schools and their staff who do so much to make our programmes a success in the region.”
Ismaa Iqbal who mentored at Marlborough Primary Academy in Salford said: “The time I have spent mentoring has been amazing and I feel I have gained just as much from the programme as the mentees. It’s so great to see an organisation actively reach out to young girls and encourage them to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams.”
Mentor Diane Harrision said: “This was my first year as a Mosaic mentor and I was placed at Oasis Harpur Mount Primary School. I found the training informative and it gave an insight of what to expect at school. The children who were chosen are from all walks of life and it was so nice to see them speaking and getting involved with other pupils. The subjects covered gave the children more confidence and helped them to realise that if you work hard you can achieve anything. At the graduation many of the children spoke about their time at Mosaic, they spoke clearly and with confidence, which they certainly could not have done before. I would recommend being a Mosaic mentor to anyone, I loved every minute and will continue as a mentor with Mosaic.”