Student Role Models Honoured With Top College Awards
A mum who arrived in the UK unable to speak English and without any qualifications has realised a life-long dream to go to university after getting back in to education at Kensington and Chelsea College.
Pranvera Vrina, originally from Albania, was crowned Kensington and Chelsea College’s Learner of the Year 2011 in a special awards ceremony rewarding her determination to earn the qualifications needed to start a degree course.
The ambitious 25-year-old took her first steps in learning with a course in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) before progressing on to IT courses and GCSE Maths, English and Science and Access to Humanities and Social Sciences, which paved the way to university.
Speaking about her educational journey Pranvera, from Basuto Road in Fulham, said:
‘It was a complete surprise to win the Learner of the Year Award and I feel really honoured. I’ve come from knowing nothing to doing a degree and feel incredibly proud of what I have achieved. It hasn’t been easy and at times has been very challenging as I’ve had to juggle studying with raising two young children. But ultimately, by gaining a place at university I’ve fulfilled a dream I’ve always had. I hope to be a good role model for my children and would encourage others to follow their dreams.’ The mum-of two is now preparing to do a Degree in Education Studies at Roehampton University.
Sharing centre stage with Pranvera for Kensington and Chelsea College’s Learner Achievement Awards 2011 was the college’s Young Learner of the Year 2011, Jessica Mercer. Jessica, 19, was nominated for her award for the quality of her work and for overcoming shyness and early difficulties on her Children and Young Peoples Workforce course.
The high-achieving teen said:
‘I’m really happy and had no idea I’d win the big award of the night. I’m quite shocked by it all. It’s nice to be recognised through the award as I found certain parts of the course a challenge. I’m also quite shy but the course has given me much more confidence and I’ve made lots of great friends. My tutor has also been really supportive and have always been on hand to help whenever I’ve needed it.’
Pranvera and Jessica were among a group of 24 students who bagged a series of top accolades in front of proud family, friends and tutors as part of the college’s annual awards ceremony.
The evening ceremony kicked of with performances by the college’s dance students and took place at the college’s Wornington Centre in Wornington Road.
The award winners were greeted with loud cheers as they collected their certificate and prize from the Worshipful Mayor of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Julie Mills.
Heaping praise on the winners the Mayor said:
‘The level of achievement I’ve seen here today has been fantastic.’
The tributes continued through the night as the students were praised in speeches by the college’s Vice Principal, Amanda Hayes.
Students were recognised for their achievements through three award categories – Learner of the Year, Highly Commended and Commitment to Learning.
Category – Learner and Young Learner of the Year 2011
- Pranvera Vrina
- Jessica Mercer
Category – Highly Commended
- Katrina Anderson
- Francis Pierre
- Sharon Masaba
- Pauline Shevon Gordon
- Taraneh Rasti
- Agata Florio
- Louise Docker
- Anita Singh
- Bridget O’Donnell
- Jude Denis
Category – Commitment to Learning
- Lavinia Nestor
- Elita Sahiti
- Snehal Surwade
- Liliana Siton
- Palwasha Morad
- Lakshaki Krishnapillai
- Miriam Belaid
- Siddiqa Dewedar
- Devaki Sarda
- Andrzej Kamienski
- Marwa Itani
- Rossana Losa
- Emily O’Neill
Date published: 14 July 2011