Girls and their mothers from Plymouth Grove Primary School and Stanley Grove Primary Academy in Longsight, Manchester celebrated their achievements at a joint university visit and Mosaic Primary School Graduation Ceremony held at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Marking the successful completion of a nine week mentoring programme, the event gave the girls and their mothers an opportunity to learn about university life and to meet each other to talk about their experiences on the programme.
The group, also joined by staff from the two schools had an opportunity to also hear from well-known author, founder of the Sweet Mandarin Chinese Restaurant and inspiring entrepreneur Helen Tse MBE, who also presented the girls and their mothers their graduation certificates.
Born in Manchester into a remarkable family of female entrepreneurs, Helen told the group about how she had been inspired by their grandmother, Lily Kwok- who opened one of the first Chinese restaurants in the UK- and was keen to follow in her footsteps.
Helen gave an amazing presentation on ‘Eight Tips for Success’ and told the group about the book she had written about three generations of women establishing themselves in Manchester called Sweet Mandarin and went on to talk about the restaurant she opened with her sister with the same name. The Sweet Mandarin restaurant in Manchester appeared in Gordon Ramsay’s Best Local Chinese restaurant on the Channel Four programme The F Word.
Jane Coogan, a Parent Support Advisor at Stanley Grove Primary Academy said about the Primary School Mentoring Programme:
“The Mosaic Project has had a fantastic impact on the confidence of the girls that took part. This has been evidenced by their interaction back in the classroom and amongst their friendship groups.”
She went on to say about the event: “The Graduation Ceremony was a real highlight of the project for the mums. Two mums expressed an interest in furthering their own education as a result of being involved in the Mosaic Project.”
One of the mentors, Jan Seal from Department for Work and Pensions said “As a Mosaic mentor at Plymouth Grove Primary school the girls and their mothers were such a joy to work with and they have taught me so much, we have grown in confidence together. They were able to express themselves in a safe environment and we had so much fun together with the various activities.
The highlight of the 9 week sessions was watching them all receive their certificates at the Graduation ceremony at Manchester Metropolitan University from Helen Tse an inspirational lady, it was awesome and made me feel so proud to have been involved in their lives.”
The Mosaic Primary Schools Mentoring Programme helps to raise the aspirations and build the confidence of the girls and their mothers. During the mentoring sessions, they explored different role models, the value of good communications, the importance of education and career choices as well as getting involved in the community.
Mosaic would like to thank the staff at Plymouth Grove Primary Academy and Stanley Grove Primary Academy; the mentors that helped to support the girls and their mothers; Peter Riley, Widening Participation Officer Manchester Metropolitan University; Manchester Metropolitan University students Amsha Aslam and Amy Chow; Ammaarah Nadeem from Cheadle Mosque and Jan Seal, from DWP for all of their support and to Manchester Metropolitan University for kindly hosting the visit and graduation ceremony.
If you are female and interested in mentoring on one of Mosaic’s Primary School Programmes you can read more about what’s involved and register your interest. We are particularly keen to hear from Asian Muslim women and those who work in CSR roles in companies.
Our Primary School programmes in the North West will start again in the Autumn.