Pupils from seven schools across the West Midlands have ‘graduated’ from Mosaic’s Primary School mentoring programme in pair of prestigious ceremonies held in Birmingham recently.
The events, held at Birmingham City University, featured speeches from prestigious guests including Shahin Ashraf, who was awarded an MBE in 2015 for her work in inter-faith relations, and Muna Choudhury who holds a senior position at Birmingham-based housing organisation Ashram Moseley.
The schools involved in the graduation were Cherry Orchard, Oasis Academy Hobmoor, Wyndcliffe Primary, Chilwell Croft Academy, Leigh Junior, St John’s C of E Primary and St Anne’s Catholic Primary School.
In front of large audience of parents, grandparents and teachers the pupils received certificates recognising their completion of Mosaic’s mentoring programme, which sees members of the business community encourage pupils to have both confidence and high aspirations for their future.
Hiba, a pupil from Wyndcliffe said about her experience with Mosaic: “Every day we learnt something new. The mentors were always there when you needed. We learnt if you try your best you will always achieve.”
Lyba, also a pupil at Wyndcliffe, said: “I enjoyed Mosaic because I was not as confident as I am now. Before I never used to talk out loud as much as I do now. The mentors were really nice, whenever we struggled they helped us”.
Chantel, a parent of one of the graduating pupils, said: “What was your favourite thing that you learned on the Mosaic Programme: “It was good for my daughter as it helped her to build confidence and provided insight into the careers available to her. Her general mind-set definitely changed. It also helped her and I to bond. I’ve also learnt to be more confident; I wasn’t so before”.
Becky Mitchell, Mosaic’s West Midlands Regional Manager, said: “The Primary School graduations are one of the highlights of our year. It’s wonderful to talk to pupils and hear them talk so passionately about their plans for the future. It’s clear that our brilliant mentors have had quite an impact on the young people and I’d like to thank them sincerely for giving up their time.”
Mosaic would also like to thank our partners Criterion Capital, the TRS Foundation, the John Laing Charitable Trust and the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery for their generous support of the Primary School mentoring programme.