Girls from six primary schools across the West Midlands took part in visits to Birmingham City University with their mothers for their graduation ceremonies to recognise their achievements after participating in the Mosaic Primary School Mentoring Programme.
The girls, who were also supported by their teachers and mentors, and from Arden, Parkfield, Ward End, Anderton Park, Chandos and City Road Academy Primary Schools, had an opportunity to hear about the opportunities as a student at the university, tour the City North Campus as well as hear from inspirational speakers before being awarded with special certificates from Mosaic. Shindo Barquer, Chief Inspector of West Midlands Police was one of the speakers and inspired the group by telling them about her 27 year long career in the police force and her passion for supporting and developing others as a Mosaic mentor.
Dr Laura Zahra McDonald, a Research Fellow from the School of Social Policy at Birmingham City University who also spoke at the graduation, said:
“What a privilege to see girls and their mums so fired up – excited and determined not just to aspire, but to make their dreams happen. Mosaic nurtures knowledge, self-belief and the crucial support of families at an age where growth and personal development will have the greatest impact. Congratulations to all.”
When asked what they enjoyed most about the programme, the girls and their mothers had this to say:
“The best bit of the programme was when we did the spider web (web of compliments) and we all gave our compliments, even the Mentors!” – Tashifa, City Road Primary School
“The best bit of the programme for me was learning how to communicate to different people and making new friends” – Juwairiyyah, Arden Primary School
“Everything was fun and I enjoyed it all, but my favourite part was making the ideal classroom and doing the web of compliments” – Maheen, Ward End Primary School
“What I enjoyed most was learning about the education system and why you should let and allow your child to study and support their interest” – Mother of a girl from Anderton Park Primary School
“What I enjoyed most about the sessions was talking to other mums and sharing experiences – I feel sad that this has comes to an end. I had made good friends here and will miss our regular sessions” – Gulshan, mother from Parkfield Primary School
Rachel Jacobs, Link Teacher from Anderton Park School said:
“Mosaic gives the girls the opportunity to engage, not only in discussions with their peers but also with their mum’s. Discussions can range from hobbies and interests to career paths and University degrees which informs everyone on the work and support they need to put in to get to where they want to be. The sessions are well structured with resources to inspire and educate the girls on how to achieve their goals”.
Read more about the schools we support in the West Midlands area and sign up as a mentor for one of our programmes starting in the Autumn.