JEAN AL-KESSERWANI of Awaaz Centre nominated for North West Region Outstanding Learner Award for the year 2007
Jean came to this country as a refugee. When he came to the centre he was feeling very depressed and isolated. He did not know what to do to get back into learning to improve his job prospects. After extensive support with centre staff he made the decision to embark on an IT learning journey and enrolled on the ECDL course leading to the European Computer Driving License qualification.
Initially he found the course difficult but persevered with his learning supported by staff . He had many problems back in his home country, which affected his day-to-day learning pattern. It came to a point when his problems grew to such an extent that he was about to quit the courses. Tutor support and his zeal to achieve and get somewhere got him back to learning and he started coming to the centrE regularly. He passed the first modular test which motivated him to work harder. He achieved the full ECDL qualification in record 10 weeks.
Achievement of ECDL has now motivated him to look in a more positive way to day-to–day living and help him to put aside his problems back home. He is now a more positive person and he is planning to go to college to get further qualifications. He has expressed an interest in doing a course in computer networking.