Isha Beevi Malickeen, who arrived in the UK from India four years ago, won Suffolk Adult Learner Awards’ Volunteer of the Year at an awards ceremony last night at the University of Suffolk.
Isha has been volunteering for Ipswich Community Media (ICM) as a classroom assistant for the past year. Isha volunteers every week, helping students from all over the world with their English language studies.
Isha has never missed a class and over the months we have watched her grow in confidence and ability. Through watching and learning, Isha’s competence has grown so much to the point that one day when our tutor was unavoidably delayed, Isha was able to conduct the class single handed, and set work for the learners until the tutor arrived. She was not fazed at all – at the end of the session she got a well-deserved round of applause from the students.
Isha says “Volunteering has given me the opportunity to meet new people, socialise and get out of the house. It’s the best thing in my life”.
Isha isn’t the only ICM volunteer to be recognised at the Suffolk Adult Learner Awards, also recognised were Sawen Mustafa, from Kurdistan who was awarded runner up in the same category of ‘Volunteer of the year’. And Mobarak Hossain from Bangladesh was awarded runner up, in the category ‘Inspirational Learner of the Year’ for his perseverance in learning English to fulfil his dream of becoming a Maths teacher in the UK.
Prachi Katdare, Director of Learning at ICM said “We are very fortunate to have so many fantastic volunteers and learners at ICM. Learning a foreign language is no easy task and yet our learners are so enthusiastic and committed. And the support they receive from our tutors and volunteers is invaluable.”
Ipswich Community Media relies on the support of dozens of volunteers to run weekly English language classes to over 300 learners every week from dozens of different countries.