Over 120 guests gathered at Aston Business School in Birmingham to celebrate an incredible year of success and achievement in the West Midlands region.
Keynote speaker Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Mosaic Ambassador spoke passionately about education being the most powerful weapon in the world, the importance and impact that Mosaic and its mentors have on the lives of countless young people, and urged guests to get involved and mentor the next generation of leaders. He commented:
“One of the many young people Mosaic supports may be a future Prime Minister, may find the cure for cancer.”
Kamal Hanif OBE, Head Teacher at Waverley School provided the audience with examples of how his school has benefited from mentoring with one student going onto Cambridge University to study medicine and participants in the Enterprise Challenge Competition meeting HRH The Prince Wales. He added:
“Mosaic provides great opportunities to our students and the difference that mentors make to our young people is amazing. Mosaic has grown phenomenally because it makes an impact on the lives of our students”.
Year 8 student Hateeb Hateeb from Waverley School spoke afterwards and entertained the audience with a humorous and confident speech about his Mosaic journey and his visit to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
The Enterprise Challenge finalists Master Plan team from Handsworth Wood Girls Academy delighted guests with their business pitch and enthused how taking part in the competition had made them rethink their futures and were now considering pursuing a business career.
Shazia, Safa, Arooj, Khalida and Maryam, girls and mums from Arden Primary School enthralled the audience with their hart warming and inspirational speeches. Mum Shazia said:
“Mosaic has not just inspired me to support my daughter and give her the opportunity and choice in her education, it’s also inspired me to move on with my education.”
Fellow mum Khalida added:
“Meeting the mentors and hearing their stories about how they got to where they are today has really inspired my daughter and me. The programme has helped me understand what my daughter would like for her future, what her dreams and concerns are and by taking part I have a better understanding about the opportunities out there for her. Not only can I now support her but I can also advise her”.
Complementing the mums’ speeches, daughters Arooj, Safa and Maryam captivated guests with their beautiful and powerful speech, with Safa stating:
“Ten weeks ago it would have been impossible to have imagined ourselves standing here speaking to such a large audience, but here we are! Each week the course taught us about the opportunities that are waiting for us: education, the world of work and our relationships.”
“Mosaic has taught us about confidence, education, communication, inspirational female role models, citizenship, bravery, relationships, success, dreams and aspirations.”
“The world of work brings financial rewards, personal happiness and provides a living”.
Finishing off their speech the girls in unison said:
“Us, Together, Our future, Success!”
Following the speeches, Shabir Nawab, West Midlands Regional Leadership Group Chair and Annalisa Lockett, West Midlands Regional Manager and compere for the evening, surprised 3 Mosaic supporters. Sumi Mistry, Mosaic Link Teacher at St John’s Primary School was presented with the inaugural School Volunteer of the Quarter Award for her outstanding contribution and long term support of the primary mentoring programme, with mentors and bloggers Sheinaz Vardalia and Frahana Rashid recognized for their humorous and entertaining writing on the Mosaic Blog.
Following the speeches and presentations, guests mingled, sharing experiences and enjoying the warm evening with Gurjit Shergill, Deputy Head Teacher at Arden Primary School reflecting:
“I am extremely proud of the mums and daughters who stood and spoke with such confidence and passion about their Mosaic journey. It was very brave and courageous of them. Their new found confidence and self esteem is as a direct result of them taking part in the mentoring programme this term. It was an honour for Arden School to be invited to speak and represent the Primary School mentoring programme at such a prestigious event”.
Wrapping up the evening, Annalisa Lockett added:
“This year with the support of over 150 mentors working in 34 schools across Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Coventry our Primary, Secondary and Enterprise Challenge programmes have impacted on the lives of over 900 beneficiaries. Listening to their stories is an honour and a privilege and our success is due to the ongoing commitment, support, enthusiasm and belief of a whole range of Mosaic supporters: mentors, school staff, world of work hosts, inspirational speakers, university hosts and businesses such as Midland Heart, Department of Work and Pensions, Lloyds, SGH Martineau, DLA Piper, Jaguar Land Rover who work in partnership with us and enable their staff to mentor on our programmes.”
Mosaic West Midlands are now recruiting mentors to support programme delivery, commencing in the autumn term. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor should contact Annalisa.Lockett@bitc.org.uk.