Inspirational Student Journey

Naqeeb came to Worthing College in 2017/18 to study a level 2 programme of study having previously studies English as a second language in Brighton. Having successfully completed his first year with us, he has progressed on this academic year to study a level 3 Travel and Tourism course and English and Maths functional skills and GCSE respectively.

Eighteen years old Naqeeb is a refugee from Afghanistan who is cared for by West Sussex County Council. He arrived in the UK in 2016 and has faced significant challenges related to past trauma and separation from his family, for which he is now receiving much appreciated support. Despite this, he is a superb ambassador for young refugees. He has illustrated an unparalleled commitment to support other refugees with cultural adjustment and developing their voice and confidence as they adjust to life in the UK.

He volunteers weekly for The Hummingbird Young Leaders Club in Brighton and Hove in collaboration with TedxBrighton, which is designed to teach young refugees about leadership, communication, public speaking and politics in the UK. He is also an active member at the Brighton Table Tennis Club, which was the first sports club in the UK to be awarded Club of Sanctuary status in recognition of its work with refugees and asylum seekers. His engagement continues into the arts and media, where he has performed with the Borderline Theatre Group, contributed to BBC radio 4 and even delivered a speech to MPs in the Houses of Parliament campaigning for the safe passage of refugees as part of the recent Kindertransport Anniversary Campaign.

Paul Riley, Principal said:

‘Naqeeb is an inspiration. His commitment, tenacity and selflessness deserve much applause and I am delighted that he represents his generation and refugees and asylum seekers so well. I couldn’t be more proud to have such a young man as a member of our community at Worthing College’.

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