I am passionate and highly motivated about teaching and empowering individuals, communities and societies with education through the provision of English language skills. I have taught and learnt English across three continents and enjoy teaching it in diverse contexts.
I have also taught in special needs spectrum and I am practically educated in speech & language Therapy. I am empathetic, approachable and competently able to work as part of a team as well as independently. I enjoy learning.
Qualifications & Training
BA, University of Wales, Cardiff
My final insightful thesis (available on request) critically evaluated and analysed the UN’s relief efforts in Sri Lanka following the Tsunami in 2004. Other interesting areas of study included Economics, Public Sector Management and Social Policy Management, Urban Planning, French & Politics.
2002 – 2004
University of Glasgow, Glasgow
I was awarded a scholarship for outstanding achievement with partcular areas including Social Policy, Economics and Politics. I took the opportunity to further my interest in other languages & to organise, coordinate & participate in volunteering teaching of English to schools in deprived areas of South Africa and Kenya.
2001 – 2002
Diploma in Commerce, Professional Development & ICT
Hertfordshire International College of Business & Technology, Hertford
1997 – 1998
English, General Science, Communications Skills, Inter-Cultural Studies and Maths
United States International University – African Campus, Kenya
1994 – 1995
Diploma in French
Alliance Français, Kenya
1990 – 1993
Secondary Certificate in Maths, Sciences, Language, Humanities and Arts
Pangani Girls High School, Nairobi, Kenya
Voluntary Experience & Training
Speech, Language & Communications Needs (SLCNs) Assistant and regional coordinator, 2013-present
KUMON training in progress
TESOL at postgraduate level, 2013-present
UNA-EXCHANGE, Wales- volunteer & member of UNA-UK, 2007
Coordinator for Development Education Centre (DEC)-Malvern; 2005-2006
Citizen Advice Bureau (CAB)- Trained Support Advisor, Glasgow, 2004
UNICEF UK- Global Citizenship Training, July 2002
“Keep Glasgow Clean & Green”-awarded funds for designing and managing eco-friendly city project, 2002
Possil & Milton Forum on Disability, Glasgow, First Aid course, 2004
SVA-TENTELENI Project, University of Glasgow – Project Manager & Co-ordinator for Kenya, 2003-2004
Teaching Support training & practice-Primary Schools in both UK & Kenya
Hertford Community College-Ware, trained Voluntary Communications Officer for International students, June 2001-September 2002
Possil & Milton Forum on Disability, Glasgow, Autism course, 2004
British Council International Writing Competition; Silver Certificate, 2003
I am a member of International Association of Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL).
A student member of Royal College of Speech & language Therapists (RCSLT)
I am an active participant in matters that concern family, community development and charity work. I enjoy keeping fit through Tennis, running and general exercise; I was captain of the badminton club while in school. I also enjoy learning foreign languages, outdoor activities, intercultural events and debate.
An enthusiastic, adaptable and diligent graduate with a global professional background & excellent people skills gained through working in diverse educational environments, health & social welfare, charitable organisations and International Development. Experienced in Project Management, campaigning and fundraising for equal opportunities for special needs projects for young people, sustainable & community development that include UNICEF-UK’s Global Citizenship Curriculum & Development Education Centre (DEC)-UK. Business & TESOL educated at post-graduate level with practical expertise in English language teaching to all ages. Experienced in Product development & Marketing, business development, Public Relations & customer care. Excellent networking & advocacy skills, as exemplified in role as Project co-ordinator with Students Volunteers Abroad & currently coordinating regionally for Afasic-England. Excellent organisational skills with proven leadership qualities achieved through working in & with diverse professional backgrounds. Keen on opportunities within educational organisations, including teaching, Health & social Care, family & young people as well as charitable foundations and International Development
Public Relations Officer & Company Secretary- TranSmart LTD. UK
As Transmart PR & Secretary, I am responsible for promoting the company and marketing its services to the public through various communication channels, that include liaising directly with customers to match their needs with the those provided by the company. I also contribute to the business development of the company and coordinate its services using the latest technological advancement, like Excel, Microsoft. I utilise excellent communication & organisational skills to directly engage with customers. I am in the company to offer & affiliate the company charities that cater to young people with communication needs as I believe that it complements the core values of the organisation. I also carry out language translation & interpretation on behalf of the company when need arises.
Voluntary Coordinator & Communication Liaison Officer – AFASIC, Essex, UK
I am currently gathering information & suitable statistics in Essex area in regard to families and young people with speech, language & communication needs who may need the service and support that AFASIC Charity offers. My responsibility is to facilitate and coordinate the individual families with a range of services, including information, care, as well as social interaction.
Voluntary Consultant & Researcher on development Affairs, Qatar Foundation, Doha
Keen to utilise my experienced knowledge and practical insight into working with and on behalf of vulnerable children, I provided proactive counsel to Reach Out To Asian (ROTA) Charity on policy measures of protecting and safeguarding children caught up in crisis. I was also proactively involved in their various fundraising events and campaigns, which included debates and lobbying. I also helped prepare material for and proactively engaged in conferences on children with Special Needs, like the 4th Annual Shafallah International Conference, which was attended by renowned supporters and speakers like, Cherie Blair. I played a central role of creating necessary and effective communication networks amongst the diverse groups of professionals, families & Charities concerned with funding, information and formulating statistics on special needs & equal opportunities.
2003 – 2006,
Social Welfare Researcher, Possil & Milton Forum on Disability, Glasgow
Keen to practically apply the theoretical background of social policy study programme, I was selected as part of a small team that won funding to create a sustainable project aimed at social inclusion programme of young people with special needs through Outreach initiatives. It enabled them to gain access and, therefore gain social skills that enabled them to actively participate in the wider community. The long term goal was that the users of our hands-on service would qualify for access & contribute to equal opportunities in all areas of mainstream society, including those available on the professional platform if they so decided to pursue work.
I researched, innovated and organised educational and fundraising activities aimed at helping the young people to interact in a manner that fostered and boosted long term self-determination and independence. I worked in close association and co-operation with their parents, local Community leaders among other stakeholders, like Parentlineplus, Rotary club, Fairview etc. I innovated and proactively advocated for the sustainability of the project, through regular fundraising events by raising awareness of our project’s objectives and seeking the support of the community, through the media, interactive forums and lobbying politicians. My practical strategy proved successful in securing further funding.
Training & Development Officer, Blue Triangle Housing Association, Glasgow
Working as part of a large and professionally diverse team, I was responsible for actively engaging with vulnerable homeless young people and to research, plan and provide rehabilitating measures that would secure them with employable skills and social housing. The project also actively carried out substance abuse rehabilitation and encouraged and trained residents to partake active roles in Charity work with renowned organisations like the Prince’s Trust and the Red Cross. Some residents earned work placements and training opportunities with key companies like Cadbury’s, the Rotary Foundation. I earned the trust of our residents, and despite the challenges, I was successful in achieving the project’s set objectives, through persistent patience, self-innovation and an empathetic approach to individual issues. I worked in liaison with relevant Local Authorities, the Police, the NHS and various other parties concerned with matters relating to socially vulnerable young people and Social Housing Welfare.
2002 – 2004,
Campaign Officer Intern to Education Director for Scotland, UNICEF – UK
As a self-motivated ambassador of children’s welfare and rights, I worked closely with UNICEF-UK’S education director for Scotland , Mr. Bruce to launch & promote the UN’s Global Citizenship programme in the National curriculum in the UK school system. I advocated, prepared and delivered training seminars & workshops to teachers and pupils at both primary & secondary school level about the objectives and importance of Global Citizenship. I independently coordinated and delivered educational products, successfully convincing schools to become partners of the UN’S Charter on children’s Rights and Responsibilities. I organised nationwide fundraising events with local communities, and diligently worked to secure long-term beneficial partnerships with schools, Goodwill celebrity ambassadors, like premier footballers, film stars like Angelina Jolie, politicians, business personalities and of course with individual benefactors. I produced and proof-read documents for the education director, and produced update reports, as well as actively participating in learning and training strategies, I also contributed to the mission’s ideas ad ways of finding and maintaining support to the programme.
Mentor & Counsellor, On Track Project, Glasgow
I worked at my own initiative to provide college students from socio-economically vulnerable backgrounds to make a confident and informed decision to pursue further education at University level. I travelled to various regions of Scotland to give hands on mental support and advise to clients, and my performance was rated through customer feedback.
Senior Project Co-ordinator, Student Voluntary Association (SVA)-Tenteleni
I was selected and awarded funds to lead a charitable project run by the University of Glasgow’s student volunteers efforts at sustainable development programmes through education in Kenya. I recruited and successfully inspired a self-motivated group of volunteers to plan and engage in fund-raising missions aimed at sponsoring a sustainable development project in Kenya. I carried out groundwork research and collected data to formulate the key areas of need – primarily, educational, economic and socio-cultural. I also co-ordinated ongoing partnerships with the neediest schools in liaison with the Ministry of Education, proposing strategies that would ensure that the projects were effective and sustainable. I was also responsible for leading and co-ordinating training programmes, fundraising events and project awareness campaigns both within UK and Kenya. The project gained nationwide publicity and interest in both countries. This opportunity also involved providing class-room teaching support to primary school pupils in both the UK & Kenya.
2003 – Present,
Freelance Interpreter/Translator, Global Connections (Scotland) Ltd.
I attained top marks to qualify as representative translator and interpreter of Swahili and English for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in cases relating to their Medical, Legal, Social and Economic needs. I was fully trained to represent clients in court and at the Immigrations Appellate Authority (IAA) on legal matters concerning their cases. Liaised closely with the Home Office, Medical Foundation,
Sept. 2001-Jun. 2002,
Volunteer General Deputy, Imperial/Cancer Research-UK, Hertford
I was proactively involved in the organising, running and management of the business of the Charitable Organisation; fundraising events, campaigning and effective public awareness of the Charity’s primary concerns and aims. I also participated in some of our fundraising events like Cancer Run-UK.
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