Stratford-upon-Avon College student, Thembi Nxumalo, will be interviewed by BBC Radio in July following her entry in the BBC My Story competition.
Thembi, an Adult Skills Development student at the college, is studying on the Improve Your English course. She submitted an entry to the BBC competition which is run in conjunction with the BBC’s One Show. Although she didn’t actually win the main prize she has been contacted by BBC Radio to do an interview. She may also be interviewed by a Christian radio show and the BBC is trying to arrange for Thembi to meet the Pope when he visits Britain later this year.
The Adult Skills Development students participated in the story writing competition as part of their course. Dawn Clark, lecturer at the college, commented, “The students thoroughly enjoyed writing their stories and were delighted to see their work displayed on the BBC’s website.” Their work was also displayed in the college library during Adult Learners’ Week earlier this year.
Thembi wrote about a life-changing event which occurred while she was living in Swaziland. She sustained burns in a mysterious fire which resulted in her being confined to a wheelchair and her story describes how she suddenly recovered and how the compensation money affected her life and friendships. Life has now changed for Thembi. She has moved to England, started an open university course and started the Improve your English course at the college.
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Posted on Friday 25th June 2010