In the presence of their mentors, teachers and families, pupils from St. Paul’s Whitechapel Primary School, Selwyn Primary School and Laurance Haines Primary School shared their experiences of participating in the programme.
The keynote speaker at the event was Baroness Manzoor CBE of Knightsbridge who said: “It’s been a pleasure to host these wonderful young people in the House of Lords and to hear them speak so confidently about their aspirations for the future. Mosaic’s mentoring programmes are clearly doing important work in ensuring that children from all backgrounds and communities feel entitled to success in their adult lives.”
Mosaic’s Primary School programme seeks to equip young people with the skills and confidence they need to connect education to work at an early age. Often the programmes focus on girls and their mothers, raising aspirations and broadening expectations of what’s possible in adult life. Volunteer mentors from professional backgrounds act as role models to the pupils and encourage them to aspire to careers in a range of different sectors.
Robyn Brown, Mosaic’s Regional Manager for London, said: “This has been a very special day and the girls seemed totally at home in the House of Lords! As ever, it’s hugely rewarding when young people emerge from our mentoring programmes with so much enthusiasm about their future career paths. Thanks must go to all the mentors who supported the initiative from Gatehouse Bank, Hermes Investment Management and Dentons.”
Pupils from Harry Gosling Primary School, Uphall Primary School, Lady Margaret Primary and Osmani Primary School also successfully completed the Primary School programme recently, with a special graduation ceremony taking place at the offices of global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright.