WEA tutor Hazel Richardson tells us of a former student from one of her literacy courses in Batley, who has found employment in Doha thanks to completing her course.
“It is a few miles from the UK to Qatar (about 3,400 miles), but I recently travelled that distance and met up again with a student of mine who is very grateful she went back to learning with the WEA. Shamima Seedat joined my literacy class in early 2011 in Batley. She was very disappointed when she feared that she may miss her level 1 exam, as the family were about to move out to Qatar, the Gulf state which will host the World Cup in 2022. Luckily, she took the exam during her last week in the country and was successful.
When I was travelling to visit a family member, I couldn’t resist meeting up with her again. In her lovely apartment, over a great dinner, Shamima expressed her belief that the certificate she had taken had helped her a great deal. It had enabled her to find work in a local nursery and she hopes to continue with her education in the future. It was good to know that the WEA had helped her to take that step and give her confidence. I hope that if she ever decides to swap the 40 degree heat out there for the drizzle over here she would rejoin my class. However I think she prefers it there for now!”