L-R: Alex Beresford – ITV Presenter, Abdisaalan Abrahim – Learning Hero, Professor Hugh Brady – Vice Chancellor Bristol Uni
L-R: Mulue Estifanos – Arts and Culture Hero, DJ – Roni Size
Two City of Bristol College students received Bristol Young Heroes Awards for their outstanding ability to overcome challenges and adversity. Mulue Estifanos, ‘Arts and Culture Hero’, and Abdisaalan Ibrahim, ‘Learning Hero’ were two of only nine winners of the inspirational awards, and both say they owe part of their success to the College.
Bristol Young Heroes Award, an annual gala dinner, celebrates innovative and entrepreneurial young people. The Young Heroes awards seek to support and congratulate young people in Bristol who are seeking to make a change in the world.
Business student Abdisalaan tells us more: “I arrived in England when I was 6 years old, knowing no English at all. I have had transport issues due to being in a wheelchair, and missed school often due to the issues that arose out of this. In the video I had to produce for the Young Heroes Award, I conveyed how I believed that my experiences have been a learning curve full of hardships and successes. I am so honoured to have won this award and feel so encouraged to continue to challenge adversity.
The lecturers and tutors at the College have been phenomenal with their support, I feel so grateful.”
Abdi’s tutor, Jane Edwards, has always been supportive of him. She tells us more: “He is a very positive member of class; thoughtful, philosophical and resilient despite many setbacks.”
Mulue, ESOL student, tells us about his determination to learn English and be a success: “I have had a difficult journey as I moved from Eritrea to the UK. Last year I volunteered at Bristol Museum to improve my English and I was nominated for the Young Heroes award. I did not expect to win, this is truly an honour. I am determined to keep adding more experiences to my CV.”
Mulue is enrolling on a plumber course and then an IT course to help improve his English. “I have overcome so many challenges in my life and I am excited to start looking for part time jobs and reaching my full potential.”