Our A level student Mohammed Ahtash secured himself a once in a lifetime experience earlier this year when he was given the opportunity to fly to Morocco and take part in an Interfaith Harmony Workshop.
Nineteen-year-old, Mohammed who is currently in his second year of study at the College, attended the three-day event held back in March by Youth Exchange & Study program (YES).
The three-day workshop welcomed YES Alumni from over 30 countries to discuss how different communities can live in harmony beside one another they participated in interactive conference sessions on interfaith dialogue, as well as planning out projects that students proposed to implement in their home countries.
Mohammed said, "Everybody spoke about their own religion, the way they live and about projects to implement. I also took part in a project in Libya during the summer which involved a lot of planning and funding. It was all about communities being together. I was very proud to represent my country”.
After completing studies at his school in Libya, Mohammed was given the opportunity to take part in a student exchange programme in the USA with YES. After a rigorous process of exams, interviews and essays, Mohammed was one of the lucky candidates selected from two thousand applications.
Mohammed went on to study at Cleveland High School in Portland, Oregon, where he progressed with his studies for the next 12 months.
Speaking about this experience, Mohammed said, “I loved participating in sport gaining a place in the swim team as well as track & field. I also went on multiple adventures from participating in Civic Education Week, where we learned about the United States political system in Washington D.C. and walked through the halls of congress meeting Senators and Representatives. I also got to visit some amazing cities such as New York and San Francisco.” After completing 12 months in the USA Mohammed returned home and shortly after moved to the UK where he began his academic studies at St Helens College.
Mohammed, who now lives in Rainford originally studied for a BTEC Diploma in both IT and English before then progressing on to his A levels this academic year.
Mohammed commented, “My life experience over the past three years has been amazing, I’ve been through three different education systems in three different countries around the world. It has definitely been an adventure of a lifetime with all the people I have met on the way.”
Upon completion of his A levels Mohammed hopes to go on to university where he will study either Law or Diplomacy.
Speaking about his time at the college so far Mohammed said “My tutors are brilliant, they are very helpful and will clarify anything I don’t understand. They encourage us to do better and give us the support and advice we need on how we can improve in our essays or exams.”