Determined learner recognised at awards ceremony

A St Helens resident who came to the UK with no English language skills has come in for high praise after completing a course run by Adult Community Learning (ACL).

Yasmin Hafyan was presented with a Determined Learner Award certificate at a recent celebration event in recognition of how hard she has worked to overcome challenges and achieve exceptional progress in her English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course to the point where she can now read books, write about her family and chat on the phone in English.

Councillor Sue Murphy, St Helens Council’s deputy leader and portfolio holder for education, was among those in attendance on the night to present certificates to ACL learners who had attended courses during the past year and gained qualifications in a wide range of subjects including ESOL, teaching assistant courses, as well as maths and English.

Paying tribute to the learners and the tutors who supported them along the way, Councillor Murphy said: “It is truly inspiring to hear the journeys our learners have been on over the past 12-months. All of our winners on the night decided to return to learning for different reasons, and I’m delighted that this has had a positive, if not transformational, impact on their lives.

“Each and every one of them has worked so hard to get to this stage. From using a computer for the first time and facing up to a fear of maths – to travelling half way across the world to find a safe place to bring up their families while developing and progressing their English communication skills.

“These people have shown that learning is possible at any age, for any reason and can be for all of us. Our ACL staff deserve a special mention for their hard work and dedication to help adult learners flourish”.

Yasmin is supported by Households into Work – a programme delivered within each of the Liverpool City Region’s six local authority areas, including St Helens – and aimed at people within a household, who because of their circumstances are unable to gain employment or even consider looking for employment.

Through Households into Work she has also been attending one to one tuition for the past six months further advancing her progress in English.

If you are interested in enrolling on an ACL course, call 01744 677315 or email adultlearning@sthelens.gov.uk for more information.

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