Chaima grew up in Oldham. In this video she describes her experience of schooling there and how it ended in disillusion and low level qualifications.
Entering further education, Chaima rediscovered her learning identity and, with the help of teachers who believed in her, worked steadily until she gained entry to Higher Education. Further Education was a place where she met people from other walks of life and learnt about other cultures; she formed friends that enriched her life.
She now works as a teacher a job she loves.
Her ambition is to become a Head teacher so she can inspire children and young people in the way she was inspired. Chaima’s is a powerful voice, a role model that gives great insight into her experience as a woman from a Bengali background.
You can watch a video in which Chaima tells her uplifting story here: