As a young child in Somalia, Farhiya was unable to attend school due to the civil war in her country.

When she moved to the UK as a teenager, she found she was unable to keep up with the work and soon dropped out of school.

In September Farihya enrolled onto a course with BAES. Having never studied ESOL before and with little previous experience of academic learning, Farhiya has had to work extra hard to learn what others take for granted, e.g. how to use a dictionary, how to complete homework. Considering these additional factors she has made remarkable progress and has this year achieved her ESOL - Level 1 Speaking and Listening.

If this achievement wasn’t impressive enough she has achieved all this despite significant health challenges, the demands of being a mum of young children and also being the carer to a family member.

Her tutor says about her,

“Farhiya is exactly the kind of learner we want to reach; those who have had little previous experience of education, or who have been failed by their previous place of learning. Farhiya is a natural and quick learner, generous giving help to others; these qualities may have not had the chance to blossom had she not plucked up the courage to join a course and give studying another try.”

Farhiya plans to continue to study to improve her English and eventually would like to train to become a nurse. We have every confidence that she will be a success if this is the path she decides to take.

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