Centre for Lifelong Learning celebrates Adult Learners’ Week in style

Angelika Rafaelova receiving her award from NIACE Deputy Chief Executive Tom Stannard, Sarah Gyohannes and CLL Careers Coordinator Julie-Donna Best

Inspiring adult learners from City and Islington College’s Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) have been recognised for their dedication, talent and triumph over adversity at an annual awards ceremony. 

Coinciding with national Adult Learners’ Week staff, students and guests were treated to a fantastic array of musical performances, poetry readings and inspiring stories from former and current adult learners.

Special guests included the Deputy Chief Executive of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), Tom Stannard, who said “Adult Learners’ Week is a massive national campaign and I am proud to be here to celebrate your success with you.

“Continued adult learning is so important to our economy and our communities. It provides the training and learning to get adults back in to employment, it helps develop and sustain our communities and also provides a lot of fun and enjoyment to countless individuals across the country.”

One of the evening’s awards was the ‘Mulugeta Gyohannes Memorial Prize’ for a student who has overcome significant barriers while studying. The award was given in memory of Mulugeta Gyohannes, a College careers advisor who sadly passed away last year. Mulugeta’s sister, Sarah, travelled all the way from Dublin to present the award to ESOL student Angelika Rafaelova.

Angelika, originally from the Czech Republic, came to study ESOL at the College three years ago after being made homeless. Since then she has learnt English, turned her life around and is preparing to seek employment.

Angelika said: “This College has helped me so much. I have had a hard life, but this Centre has been perfect for me. I have two sons who I would also like to come and learn at the Centre too. I cannot thank the staff here enough for the support they have given me.”

Grant Glendinning, Centre Director for CLL, said: “At this Centre, we firmly believe that learning is a treasure that follows its owner everywhere it goes for the rest of their lives. The last few years have been very difficult for adult courses and the sector in general. But nights like tonight reflect that we are more focused than ever on providing adults with the skills they need to achieve their ambitions and improve their lives.”

Follow this link to find out more about studying at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, and this link to find out about Adult Learners’ Week 2014.

You can find photos from the awards evening on the College’s flickr page.

Full list of award winners

  • Lynette Oliphant Award recognizing outstanding achievement in ESOL: Gibrilo Queta 
  • Mulugeta Gyohannes Memorial Prize for a student who has overcome significant barriers while studying: Angelika Rafaelova 
  • Centre Award for academic progress and commitment to study: Deniz Aydemir 
  • Centre Award for academic progress and commitment to study.Puja Gurung 
  • Centre Award for positive engagement in centre activity: Danielle Isaacs 
  • Centre Award for commitment to study and advocate for learning within the class: Lorna Wright
  • Centre Award for academic progress and role model for students: Geraldine Mercer 
  • NIACE Awards for Khiry Pascal Jospeh and Andonis Akter
  • Employer Partner of the Year Award - First Chance First

​There were also four group awards for CLL classes for attendance and progress.