Celebrating Himmat students’ success

Himmat Project Awaards evening at The Elsie Whiteley Centre, Halifax. Students Chooch Owais 16 and Nasir Ashrif 17.
Himmat Project Awaards evening at The Elsie Whiteley Centre, Halifax. Students Chooch Owais 16 and Nasir Ashrif 17.
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A PRIZE-GIVING was held to mark the achievements of young people working with the Himmat Project.

The charity, based in Hanson Lane, Halifax, uses alternative teaching methods to support pupils who have been excluded from mainstream schooling.

Among the teenagers at the awards ceremony was Chooch Owais, 16, who was referred after being expelled from Halifax High School.

He has completed English and maths qualifications and plans to go to college to study social care or hairdressing.

He said: “In mainstream school I was always getting into fights and I was never in lessons. Here I can come in my own time. It’s been great, and the staff are really good.”

Mumtaz Hussain, of the Himmat Project, said: “For these young people to gain some qualifications is a huge achievement.

“This awards ceremony was about appreciating their hard work and giving them something to cherish and take with them for their future.”