JOY REISING of Awaaz Centre won the North West Region Outstanding Learner Highly Recommended up Award for the year 2010
Joy was not able to complete her schooling due to being bullied at school to such an extent that she had to leave at the age of 15. Since then she has done several jobs. Her latest job was at Sainsbury’s which she had to leave due to her becoming ill with manic depression. Once she left the job, she decided to address her skills shortages. She was introduced to learn direct as a flexible learning programme and where her mental illness will not be in the way, she would not have to face being in a class situation or in a school and undergo peer pressure or suffer any bullying. Joy also had the responsibility of caring for her sick mother who had brain tumour awaiting for an operation. Joy’s own personal health problems, her mother’s ill health, returning to learning after a long period of time, presented a big challenge to her goal.
Joy started with the literacy qualification to improve her grammar skills. She scored 40/40 in her first literacy level 1 test in this centre. She gained a lot of confidence and it acted as a turning point for her. She had never taken any such test in her life due to which she lacked confidence in herself and had the fear of failure. She feels very confident and enjoys her online learning experience. To date she has achieve level 1, 2 in literacy and level 1 in Numeracy and is working towards level 2 in Numeracy. Her success has improved her confidence and she feels much better health wise day-by-day.
In future, she is planning to take level 3 in literacy, which she hope will help her to achieve her long term ambition of becoming a writer.