Dimple Khagram, Founder of Skill-Skill Serve Training Ltd explains why she is passionate about adult education.
One of my favourite proverbs is, ‘You give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime.’ This is how I have always viewed the role of education in the world.
Before moving to the UK to study for a masters degree, I was based in East and Central Africa. My first job when I moved to London was with a small training company. This was a time of great change and transformation in my life and it was at this point that I realised that I wanted to build a career in adult education. Education had opened up my own world and I saw it doing the same for other people.
Over the past 15 years I have met some amazing people. Some of them have been in some really tough circumstances, dealing with financial and emotional challenges that, sadly, are increasingly common. Working with them and supporting them to make change has been one of the greatest gifts I could possibly wish for in life.
Here’s what I think are the most important things about adult education:
- It builds confidence and self-esteem.
- It supports people with getting back to work or making that first step towards employment.
- It really can turn lives around, leading to better choices, positive actions and more meaningful relationships.
- It offers a chance for learners to become mentors and to help teach others.
- It’s not just about an individual. Businesses that upskill and train staff tend to retain their staff which can lead to greater profitability.
- Education gives people a sense of freedom and independence.
I consider myself incredibly fortunate to I work in a sector I love. Through the work we do at Skill-Serve, I get to teach people how to fish everyday.
Skill-Serve Training Ltd specialises in education and apprenticeships for those interested in a career in teaching. The company is supported by various stakeholders and funders. It continues to build successful relationships and partnerships with employers, community groups, local authorities and charities.
As well as being passionate about adult education, Dimple also loves food, wine, travel, photography and writing. In her spare time she writes a blog called whiningfoody.co.uk