South Thames College alumnus Elizabeth Kwarteng-Amaning and founder of local charity Aspire2Inspire Dyslexia is currently working with learners and staff at the College to unlock the potential of Dyslexics.
Dyslexia affects 1 in 10 people and Elizabeth set up the Aspire2Inspire organisation after identifying a gap in services to support adults with Dyslexia and other learning difficulties, with starting businesses, getting back in to education or improving their employability skills. Elizabeth’s current links with the College cover a number of areas including, support during Freshers’ Week, delivering events such as ‘Building a Career with Dyslexia’ and recently taking on a business student for a 5 week work experience placement.
On 27th March, a group of our Entry 3 EIS students visited London’s South Bank and Tate Modern to experience British culture and develop their language skills.
The group had a walking tour along the South bank lead by their teacher Ginny McKay. They found out about the landmarks and history of this part of London en route to the Tate Modern where they spent the majority of their visit in the Artist and Society gallery.
The students really enjoyed the experience and enjoyed finding out about aspects of British culture as well as spending time together outside the classroom.
On Wednesday 20 March, South Thames College learners welcomed Omar Sharif, Prince’s Trust Ambassador and winner of the Prince’s Trust Young Achiever of the Year Award at The Pride of Britain Awards 2018.
Inspirational and motivational speaker, Omar, ran a series of informative and Guns, Gangs and Knife Crime Workshops to 155 of our young learners. He commented: “I had the honour of sharing my struggles and successes with the staff and students of South Thames College. I can only express my gratitude to everyone involved - it was a full on day, tears were shed, people laughed but most importantly, seeds of change were planted. After delivering for more than 5 hours I felt energised and motivated; I learnt a lot from the students and was very impressed with their behaviour and with the overall moral within the College.”
Growing up in an area of London where gun and knife crime were a way of life, Omar became involved in a gang when he was 16 years old. When three of his friends died as a result of knife crime, it was a horrifying wake-up call and Omar knew things needed to change. Omar now uses his inspirational story and life experiences to coach and help deter other youngsters from following the same destructive path.