On a glorious 4th of July day, students from Victoria Primary School in Leeds and Lapage Primary Schools in Bradford graduated from Mosaic’s Primary School Mentoring Programme at the prestigious Bradford University who once again, very generously, hosted the ceremony for us at its bustling city campus.
Sanaa Jaffry, Former West Yorkshire Police Fire Prevention Officer gave an inspirational welcome speech where she spoke about overcoming her fears about pursuing a career or going to University. Sanaa also spoke about need for mothers to support their daughters in their choices and decisions for the future and encouraged girls to follow their ambitions, despite the obstacles they may face in doing so.
Both schools have been participating in the Primary School Programme for 9 weeks over the Spring term and have been involved in raising aspirations of their girls in school. The mums and daughters were supported by mentors from HMRC, who have generously given us their time to inspire mentees and champion Mosaic as positive role models.
Commenting on the graduation, Regional Manager for Yorkshire Nabila Ayub said: “We are so grateful to Bradford University for opening up their fantastic facilities to us for this graduation event and to our Mosaic Ambassadors who always represent us so well. We need more mentors to help us make our programmes in Yorkshire an even bigger success! Find out more today about how you could become a Mosaic mentor.”
Following on from the welcomes, the students took part in a poster making exercise led by the University’s student ambassadors. Then followed an illuminating tour of the campus site where the Mosaic students got to see where the University students ate, studied and relaxed, giving them a real insight into real University life.
Next, a fun exercise, the “science of curry”, highlighted the different spices used in South Asian food that have health benefits. The students also learned about the spice’s significance in creating medicines that we still used today. This exercise led everyone very nicely to lunchtime!
After lunch came the main event: the graduation ceremony. The excited students were awarded their graduation certificates and had official photographs taken with mentors, mums and teachers.
Carol Yoxall, a teacher from Victoria Primary School said of her school’s experience of the Primary School Programme: “Our school has been involved with Mosaic for the last three years and in that time many Mothers and their daughters have had the opportunity to share time together and learn about one another.
The Mosaic idea is a good one, namely to allow Mothers and daughters to spend time together and learn not only about one another, but also to learn about education as a whole, the system that is in place in this country and their possible choices for the future. The icing on the cake is to visit an educational establishment in the area at the end of the course, which could be their daughters’ future pathway in years to come.”
Sarah Khan Bashir, Co-Chair of the Yorkshire Regional Leadership Group commented: “We really cannot underestimate how much this experience can impact on the future aspirations of a child at this stage in their life and schooling. The memories, photographs and sense of achievement will really propel them forward! But we do need more mentors to help us impact the lives of even more young people.”
Mosaic Yorkshire is now recruiting mentors to support programme delivery commencing in the autumn term. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor should contact firstname.lastname@example.org