At 14, Mohamed emigrated from Yemen to the UK, however he didn’t speak any English. Now, less than 10 years later, he is a successful young man helping young people in his community, whilst studying for a PhD.
Mohamed struggled in school but still achieved eight GCSEs with A – C grades and enrolled at Priestly College to re-sit English GCSE which he passed. He took part in activities, such as the Six Book Challenge, to improve his English and also achieved A-levels in Arabic and a BTEC diploma in IT.
Mohamed received unconditional offers from five universities, eventually graduating from Liverpool John Moores University with a first in a BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Science. He is currently studying full-time for a PhD in Data Analytic & Artificial Intelligence.
His learning has inspired him to launch NativeStart, a youth organisation supporting Yemeni and Arabic communities in Warrington. He also co-founded web development company, UKByte Ltd, providing employment and work experience for young people.
Mohamed’s nominator Janet Puzylo said: “He is an inspiration to everyone he meets. He came to this country as a young teenager with nothing but the love of his grandparents and a burning desire to succeed and help others. His achievements in learning are brilliant, especially considering where he started and his dream to build a better world for others is being put into practical motion.”
Mohamed said: “I believe that weaknesses do not have to hold you back. I had lots of weaknesses when I was younger, but realised that education can help you develop and turn your weaknesses into strengths.”
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