Getting the qualifications she needs will help Joyce make a big impact
Joyce Abumujor came back to college to study plumbing and bricklaying to help change the lives of women across Africa.
She wanted to get the qualifications she needed to enable her to give vulnerable young girls in Africa the opportunities she never had to learn a trade. She is planning to work with existing academies in Nigeria and across Africa to teach girls construction skills enabling them to build a career and a brighter future.
She told us:
“I was always interested in getting more practical skills as a teenager and I used to help my Dad in his mechanics workshop but because I was female it wasn’t encouraged. My life took a different path and I never had the opportunity to finish my studies or get the career I wanted. I have seen how education opens doors for young people and I want to make sure the girls in Nigeria are given the chances I didn’t have.”
We asked her what it was like studying as an adult with a class full of school leavers. We love her answer! She said:
“Age is just a number and although I previously felt like a failure for not having formal qualifications at my age, now I am back in education nothing is going to stop me. I am really enjoying it here.”
“Tutors are really supportive and help me to juggle studying with working life. There is so much respect amongst students and tutors that it doesn’t matter what age you are. What is important is that we are doing the work we need to do to achieve the qualification. We work well together and I think we learn from each other too.”
Joyce juggles studying construction skills with studying for a law degree at the same time as working as a care assistant in hospitals and mental health units.