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Deesha Graduation, Class of 2014

Published: 26 Jun 2014


Over 100 Deesha graduates gathered at Toynbee Hall with their families on Thursday 26th June 2014 to receive their certificates and celebrate their achievements: 281 exams have been sat with a 98% success rate.

Through the education and skills project, Deesha has supported local women to improve their literacy and confidence since 2006 and since then has supported more than 900 women; helping them to participate in wider community life and their children’s education.

Toynbee Hall has been delivering classes across the borough for eight years and last year joined with the E1 Partnership. This affiliation has enabled the project to expand its valuable provision across eight sites (Schools: Kobi Nazrul, Osmani, Stewart Headlam, Swanlea, Thomas Buxton and Canon Barnett) with fourteen classes, ranging from beginner to advance in levels of literacy, including two ICT classes.

Luanna Watson, Adult and Community Coordinator at Toynbee Hall, said “This is the first year that we have introduced exam based learning, and although there was some initial uncertainty, today’s graduates have all risen to the challenge and their commitment to carry on learning. I am really proud of all the students. It has been immensely satisfying to see many of them improve in confidence as their skills increase”.

During the graduation, two daughters spoke of the pride they felt in seeing their mother's development and progress in their language and computer skills as a result of the project. They went on to joke that they never thought they would hear their mum saying she was "doing homework".

I am delighted that so many of Swanlea School’s parents and carers have taken advantage of the Deesha project. They have demonstrated real commitment and dedication to developing their skills, and by taking part, they have not only achieved great success themselves, but have also been a powerful example to us all that learning does not end at childhood. My warmest congratulations to all who took part.” Ms Landers, Headteacher of Swanlea School

From next year Deesha will be developing further through closer collaboration with the national school curriculum. This will help to ensure that parents are able to support their children with homework and general discussions.

Find out more about Deesha.