BSC Multicultural Services (BSCMS), a multi- award-winning charity and community organisation based in Ipswich, held its 5th BME Outstanding Educational Achievement Award on Wednesday 9th June from 6 to 8 pm at 19 Tower Street. Organised by its Supplementary School, now in its 10th year, the event was held outside this year due to existing COVID-19 restrictions and more than 25 winners and their families turned up at their allocated time to collect their awards.
Prominent guests and judges included Cllr Elizabeth Hughes, the Mayor of Ipswich, Cllr David Ellesmere, leader of Ipswich Borough Council, Mr Dale Banham, Deputy Headteacher, Northgate High School, and several community and faith leaders. This event was a combined one as last year’s event was cancelled due to lockdown and related restrictions. The highest achiever in the GCSE category was Zakaria Al-Mamun with 6 level 9s, 3 level 8s and 1 level 7; for A-levels, Raydwan Miah achieved 4A*; for undergraduates, there were 3 first-class degrees, and 1 postgraduate qualification obtained by Mahdiya Khan from Cambridge University.
Mohammed Alam, the manager of BSCMS Supplementary School, was delighted with the way the event went and he praised all the young people who received an award. ‘I was impressed’, he said, ‘by some of the entries we had received for GCSE’s, A-levels, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. At one time children from BME background were underperforming at schools across Ipswich, but thanks to our project, we now have BME young people going onto study at some of the top universities in this country including Cambridge and Oxford.’
Boshor Ali, chair of BSCMS, said, ‘I am delighted that the event went very well under the current difficult circumstances, but it was important to acknowledge the outstanding educational achievements of all the students who have, one way or another, benefited from our project over the years. Well done to everyone involved for making the event a great success.’