Merton’s Adult Learner of the Year announced

Merton Adult Education (MAE) named Teresa Pryce as the Adult Learner of the Year at its Celebration of Achievement awards.

Mayor of Merton Councillor Agatha Akyigyina with Teresa Pryce

Mayor of Merton Councillor Agatha Akyigyina with Teresa Pryce

After officially receiving her award at a House of Lords reception for adult learners in south London last month, Teresa was recognised again at MAE’s own celebration event for her hard work and dedication to her studies. Last year Teresa completed her Level 2 in Supporting Teaching and Learning whilst gaining an A in GCSE Maths. This year, she completed the Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning qualification in just over a term and is also studying a GCSE in English.

Celebrating the achievements of the borough’s adult learners, the annual awards ceremony took place at MAE’s Whatley Avenue campus and was attended by the Mayor of Merton Councillor Agatha Akyigyina. Other categories at the event included awards for tutors, groups, learning for work, older learners, overcoming barriers to learning and outstanding achievement.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Agatha Akyigyina said: “It was great to meet the learners at Merton Adult Education who have worked hard to reach their potential through education. Congratulations to everyone who has successfully completed a course at MAE, especially those who were awarded at the Celebration of Achievement event.”

Merton Council’s cabinet member for education, Councillor Martin Whelton said: “Having students like Teresa shows the difference education can make and what people of all ages can achieve through determination and hard work. The night was a wonderful occasion and I’d like to congratulate Teresa and all the award winners. I would also like to add my thanks to the work of their tutors in helping them to learn new skills and achieve qualifications.”

Adult Learner of the Year, Teresa Pryce said: “Learning and studying at Merton Adult Education has been a wonderful experience. The support and guidance that the staff provided was invaluable. I have just completed my fourth course with MAE and secured employment as a result. If you are thinking about enrolling, but feel apprehensive, don’t worry as the friendly staff will provide you with professional advice and support. MAE offers a wide selection of courses to suit everyone. The benefits are numerous; whether it is for fun, to increase your knowledge and skill set, to enhance your job prospects or to socialise and make new friends.”

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