Accompanied by their proud mentors, teachers and families, pupils from Temple Primary School, Plymouth Grove Primary School, Marsh Green Primary School, St John’s CofE Primary School, Benchill Primary School, Stanley Grove Primary Academy and Marlborough Road Academy shared their experiences of participating in the programme.
The keynote speakers at the events were Entrepreneur and agilecertified practitioner Atifa Shah and award-winning novelist and scriptwriter Qaisra Shahraz.
Ms Shahraz said: “As someone who is passionate about education and diversity, it’s been fantastic to get involved with the graduation. I’ve loved hearing pupils from all walks of life speak about what they’ve learned from mentoring and how it’s had a positive impact on their future.”
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.
Nafisa Hakim, Mosaic’s Regional Manager for the North West, said: “As with all our graduations, this has been a wonderful day with smiles all around. The pupils we interact with continue to amaze us with their confidence and determination.
“It couldn’t have been possible, of course, without the support of their mentors from The Prince’s Trust, HMRC, Carillion PLC, The British Army, The University of Manchester, The University of Salford and Talksmart Limited.
“We would also like to extend a special thanks to the team of student ambassadors at Manchester Metropolitan University for their fantastic hospitality and for making the graduation so enjoyable for all of us.”
The Primary School mentoring programme is made possible thanks to the generous support of Human Appeal.