In the presence of their mentors, teachers and families, pupils from Osmani Primary School Montem Academy and Harbinger Primary School shared their experiences of participating in the programme. The keynote speaker at the event was entrepreneur Shazia Saleem, owner of Ieat Foods.
Mosaic would like to thank our headline supporter Human Appeal, alongside the Aziz Foundation, TRS Foundation, John Laing Foundation and the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery for their generous support of the primary school mentoring programme.
Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director Business in the Community was also in attendance and said: “It was a delight to attend the ceremony for the graduates of the Mosaic Mentoring Programme for young students. I was particularly impressed and truly inspired to hear so many of the young girls present on how much they learned from the programme, had grown in confidence and share their goals for the future. I also want to commend all the mentors and role models who are a vital part of ensuring the programme continues to be such a great success.”
Saniya Ali, a pupil from Harbinger Primary School said: “I really liked it and it was really kind of the mentors and mosaic people to come and tell us about confidence and all these other topics. The thing I loved about it was that I learnt that I could be really confident and not be fearful. So now if I get a job in the future I would be able to present confidently and do things well.”
Samia Islam, another Harbinger student, said: “I had a really good experience and I want to say a big thank you to everyone because they were really kind and helped us. They inspired us about our dreams and taught us not to give up and to keep trying.”
Mosaic’s Primary School programme seeks to equip young people with the skills and confidence they need to connect education to a 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 London Regional Manager, said: “Yet again, a group of young people have shown the impact that mentoring can have on their aspirations for the future. I am sure they were given even more motivation after hearing the wonderful speech given by Shazia. Thanks must go to all of our mentors who are doing an amazing job not just in London schools but around the UK.”