College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London learners celebrated completing the Six Book Challenge, which is run by the Reading Agency this week (Weds 25 June) at their Tottenham Centre Library. The nationwide Six Book Challenge is designed to encourage adults and young people to read inspirational literature. Jane O'Neill, College Interim Principal and Chief Executive presented certificates and prizes to the 28 students who completed the challenge at a special ceremony and she highlighted the importance of reading brilliantly written books by exciting authors.
College learners started the Challenge in January and completed it in June. As part of the Challenge, each reader was given a booklet to write a short book review of the books they read. Learners said that taking part in the Challenge and reading the books had changed their lives. Hamida Khanom, aged 17 is studying Accounting Level 2 and comes from Tottenham. Hamida read 'A Picture of Dorian Gray' as one of her six books. She described the story as one of 'pure evil' as Dorian's vanity destroyed him and those around him.
As an extra incentive, the College put the names of all those who completed the Challenge into a prize draw to win a £15 book token. The three lucky winners were Jonathan Messinezis, Waseema Wahedi and Aya Ibrahim. On receiving the £15 book token Waseema said: "I'm so grateful for winning and I am really looking forward to getting some more books to read. The Challenge gave me the reading bug, so there is no stopping me now!"
Jonathan Messinezis, an Entry 3 ESOL learner who took part in the Challenge said: "When we were told about this Challenge by our teacher, I thought this would be a great opportunity to get a passion for reading. I love to challenge myself and this seemed like the perfect way to improve my English." Jonathan continued: "I'd like to complete the Challenge again next year, and I will try and get my friends involved." For the Challenge, Jonathan's reading list included: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, autobiographies by David Beckham and Pelé, Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne and The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.
Mohammad Said, an Entry 3 English learner and a successful Challenge candidate said: "Since completing the Challenge my friends and family have commented on my increased vocabulary and how much better my English is."
Jane O'Neill, College Interim Principal and Chief Executive said: "We want our learners to do fantastically well and we know that confidence in reading is going to help not only in their education but also for the rest of their lives. When opportunities like the Six Book Challenge arise, we make sure we encourage our learners to take part."
Everyone who completed the challenge will also be entered into a national prize draw run by the Reading Agency.
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The full list of College learners who completed the Six Book Challenge are: