Merton Council rewards adult achievers

Merton Adult Education has rewarded hard working students and their tutors with an awards ceremony celebrating their achievements.

Sanae Fakirmahmud – who has also scooped a Learner of the Year award presented to her at the House of Lords – was one of the successful winners at the Celebration of Achievements ceremony. Sanae Fakirmahmud has already gained her Level 2 in English for speakers of another language and is now working towards her European Computer Driving Licence Advanced Modules as well as volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Other winners include 85-year-old Rae Grossmark who has wowed all with her embroidery skills, and enthusiastic Pilates beginner Joan Hewitt, 71. Donna Bottriell impressed teachers with her determination to overcome her fear of the classroom in order to gain an NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.

Teachers also came in for their share of praise. Italian GCSE tutor Francesco Bucciol’s lessons were described as fun and absorbing while students said Tai Chi teacher Joyce Gregory was supportive, enthusiastic and patient.

Mayor of Merton Councillor Martin Whelton was on hand to present the students and tutors with their achievement awards during Friday’s ceremony.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for community services, Councillor Maurice Groves said: “Congratulations to all those who earned awards this year for their hard work and their inspiring abilities. I am delighted so many people have won awards. It is a huge achievement for everyone involved.

“We are committed to putting residents first by providing them with the best opportunities for our residents to learn, gain qualifications and achieve the highest standards possible. Achieving qualifications helps improve both self-esteem and career prospects. We also mustn’t forget the tutors who encouraged and taught them.”

Notes to editors:
Photos of the awards ceremony are available on request