On July 4th 2017, KMEWO held a graduation ceremony to celebrate the end of the Women Learning for Work project, funded by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. The aim of the event was to celebrate the learners’ success and to recognise their commitment to personal development in the Learning for Living project.
During the ceremony, five women shared their stories and achievements; guests heard about the impact of KMEWO’s support and how the courses have enabled women to make positive changes in their lives.
The Women Learning for Work project manager Gona Saed gave a presentation about KMEWO’s support services for women and plans for the next few years of the project in light of its continuing success.
We were delighted to have Islington Councillors Michelline Safi Ngongo and Kaya Comer-Schwartz at the event. They gave speeches to the guests about the impact of KMEWO’s services for women in Islington and then distributed the graduation certificates. During her speech, Councillor Michelline Safi Ngongo highlighted the long lasting and inter-generational benefit of KMEWO’s grassroots work in the local community.
Guests enjoyed Middle Eastern food, music and dancing, and there were opportunities for graduating students to meet representatives from local further education colleges and services. Towards the end of the celebration Islington Mayor Una O’Halloran kindly joined us to chat with the students and to congratulate them on their achievements.
The graduation was attended by over 60 guests, and we received very positive feedback about the project from students after collecting feedback forms.