As part of Mosaic’s primary school mentoring programme 24 girls, their mums, mentors and school staff from Oasis Academy Hobmoor and Leigh Primary School took part in an inspiring and exciting day hosted by Birmingham City University. It was the second Mosaic graduation ceremony hosted by Birmingham City University this year.
Louise Khalid, course director primary education, welcomed all and gave an overview of the University, its history and the variety of courses on offer. With the support of Birmingham City University student ambassadors, the group took a tour of the campus and visited the court rooms, library and the student union before returning to Baker Hall. The girls and mums then created a selection of beautiful posters detailing what they had learnt from the tour and their time on the Mosaic programme.
In the afternoon Yvonne Palmer, West Midlands primary schools co-ordinator, introduced inspirational speaker, Shaista Gohir MBE, who talked about the importance and power of education. Shaista relayed her own personal life experiences, a journey that included being a role model and inspiration to her children, and encouraged the mums and girls to do the same.
Shaista stated “The reason why I am sharing with you what I do with my children is because now that the Mosaic programme has ended for your children – that doesn’t mean mentoring between mother and daughter stops. To the mums in the audience – this is the beginning and not the end, continue paying attention to your daughters about what their needs are. And for the girls in the audience – role models to raise your aspirations do not have to be famous people who are out of your reach; they can be your mothers, older brothers and sisters – ask them for guidance – ask them questions”.
When asked what they enjoyed most about their time with Mosaic, Oasis Academy Hobmoor student, Ruqayyaa, reflected on the journey she will need to take to achieve her goals. She said: “I will need to work hard, be focused and motivated”.
Raesah from Leigh Junior added: “Mosaic means a lot to me because it has helped me to be confident and it has helped me to know lots of people such as the mentors. I have learnt how to be a good role model”. Mum, Shabnam, said “The thing I enjoyed most about the sessions was working with my child and listening to her ideas about the future”.
Nargis Rehman, home school links worker at Oasis Academy Hobmoor, said: “This is our second year of working in partnership with Mosaic and we value what the programme brings to our school community. Our relationship with the mums has gone from strength to strength with many of them saying that they will now encourage their daughters to go into further education and pursue their careers. A couple of the mums who took part in the programme back in Autumn 2012 have enrolled at Birmingham Metropolitan College and are now studying for a Level 2 in Early Years.
“Had they not taken part in Mosaic we don’t think they would have had the confidence or self esteem to pursue their own dreams. The benefits are wide-reaching and we look forward to a working in partnership again next academic year”.
Yvonne Palmer, summarising the day, said: “I joined the West Midlands team in September so this is the first programme I have supported and what an incredible programme it’s been! I am so proud of the girls and mums and it’s been a true joy and a privilege to see them grow in confidence and work with our fabulous mentors. Our inspirational speaker Shaista Gohir has been wonderful – such an important message and so very close to my heart.
“I returned to my studies as a 40 year old and truly believe that education is the most important factor in ensuring we can reach our full potential and dreams. I will cherish today for a very long time, seeing the girls and mums receive their graduation certificates and their big smiles is so rewarding, it’s an honour to be part of this programme”.
Mosaic is now recruiting mentors for Autumn 2014. For further information or to register your interest please contact Yvonne Palmer, West Midlands primary schools co-ordinator at Yvonne.firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Photos from the event were kindly taken by Romana Love.