Fifty mums and their daughters graduated from the Mosaic Primary School Programme in London at a ceremony hosted by the prestigious, leading international law firm Norton Rose on 13th February 2013.
Stewart Headlam and Malorees primary schools participated in the 10-week programme during which inspirational female mentors from a variety of backgrounds joined mothers and daughters in covering topics such as: Role Models, Confidence and Communication, Alien Queens and Newsroom Skills Workshops.
Mothers and daughters were recognised for their hard work and effort and received their graduation certificates to rounds of applause and congratulations. They then had the opportunity to meet two of the inspirational women: Farmida Bi, Partner at Norton Rose and motivational speaker and Pinky Lilani OBE, food guru, motivational speaker and Mosaic Ambassador. Farmida and Pinky shared their own stories, urging the students and their mums to be resilient in chasing their aspirations and dreams.
The girls then presented to an audience of sixty, sharing their experiences of Mosaic’s programme and in the process moving many audience members to tears!
A girl from Thomas Buxton said: “Before I started on the Mosaic programme, I was very shy and I did not like to talk to grown up people. I never imagined I would be able to stand up on a stage like I am doing now and speak to grown-ups about myself.” A girl from Stewart Headlam added: “I feel very special that these women chose to use their own to come to my school and spend 2 hours with me every week. I am sad that I will not see them every week now, but I am going to write a letter to my mentor to tell her how happy I am that I met her. One day, I want to be a Doctor, just like my mentor.”
A Thomas Buxton Mentor added: “This programme has not only had an amazing impact on the girls and their mothers, but also on myself. I would have never thought that I could be so influential on a young girl’s life.”
Rosemary Brown, a mentor at Stewart Headlam said : “There are many gifts that come with being a mentor; but perhaps the most exciting is when you see the girls and mothers you have come to know so well receiving their certificates at Mosaic’s graduation ceremony. It’s a shared pride. Their success is your success. As a member of Creatives Against Poverty, I really enjoy the mentoring opportunities that come from our partnership with Mosaic. Mentoring is creative, meaningful, change-making … and fun.”
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