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.
The students agreed that it was a very positive experience and that the workshop increased their knowledge of knife crime and gangs, has helped them understand others, improved their confidence and helped their personal development.
“A very good life example and an amazing person.”
“It was really useful and gave me the confidence to believe in myself.”
“It was a great workshop and helped me to understand knife crime better.” “Amazing.”
“This hit me, I related to it all.”
Thank you to Omar for inspiring and encouraging our students to reach their individual goals and we look forward to welcoming him again in the future.
Omar has met with HRH Prince Charles by Royal Invitation who congratulated him on the positive work he delivers in schools and colleges and the difficulties he has overcome in his life. He was also recognised for the continuous work he does in his role as an Ambassador for the Prince's Trust. Omar's story has become a popular trend on the internet and has been featured both on a number of national TV channels as well as Newspapers. Read more of Omar’s story here.