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Gants Hill teacher and YouTube star Hussain Manawer front inspirational campaign

PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 November 2016

Hussain Manawer, a former pupil of Valentines High School and his media teacher Anthony Michael still employed at the school, have been chosen to front Pearson's inspiring teachers campaign.

Hussain Manawer, a former pupil of Valentines High School and his media teacher Anthony Michael still employed at the school, have been chosen to front Pearson's inspiring teachers campaign.

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When the world’s largest education publisher needed to find great examples of teaching, where better to start than one of the borough’s schools?

Pearson chose former Valentines High School pupil, Hussain Manawer, and current media teacher Anthony Michael to front its Inspiring Teachers campaign.

The campaign profiles six pairs of teachers, in the UK and US, and their former students whose careers were inspired by a moment in the classroom.

Hussain, who will blast off into space next year, said: “The fact that I was considered the biggest underachiever in my year at school during my GCSE’s just goes to show me you can beat the odds regardless of how it seems at the time.

“It was important to have Mr Michael in this campaign with me, because teachers have an exceptionally hard job especially today.

“The pressures and challenges they are faced with are enormous and I wanted to reach out and be able to show love and support to someone who supported and believed in me from an early age.”

Pearson UK president, Rod Bristow said: “Everyone can remember a teacher who inspired them.

“At Pearson we believe it is incredibly important to recognise and celebrate the vital work that those in the profession do.”

Mr Michael said he was shocked when Hussain, who catapulted to fame when he beat thousands of entrants at the One Young World summit to win a trip into space.

“I didn’t realise Hassan felt that way about me,” said Mr Michael.

“I was unbelievably shocked. I do the best I can with the students and want them to achieve whatever their dreams are.

“Whether your a teacher or support staff, you can inspire kids in any way.

“Once you find it [a child’s interest] and nurture it and mould it, they can fly.

“You don’t have to be a genius. You say try this and try that, encourage them and then they’re gone.”

Mr Bristow added: “Anthony and Hussain couldn’t be better examples of the impact a teacher can have, and we are honoured that they have been willing to share their stories”.


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