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Inspirational Yasmin will be travelling to Inida for a volunteering project

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 29, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Yasmin Ball.

Yasmin Ball.

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An inspirational teenager is set to travel to India this summer as part of a volunteering project, organising a series of educational workshops and trips for homeless children who do not currently have access to an education.

Yasmin Ball, has just completed her Level Three Diploma in Childcare and Education at Buxton and Leek College.

She sets off for India's capital, Delhi this month. As part of the project Yasmin, who lives in Ashbourne, will be working with children who do not currently have access to an education and live in stark poverty.

She will design and deliver her own lessons and workshops for these children with the aim of inspiring this under privileged group. The trip will also see Yasmin visit Thailand and Vietnam where she will organise fun day trips and activities for disadvantaged youngsters.

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Yasmin said: "I wanted to apply for a teaching course at university but when I thought about it, I really want to help children and not just teach them.

"The children that I will be working with can't afford to go to school, so the sessions I will be planning and delivering will give them access to a free education and give them a fair chance."

Yasmin will also be working with young people from the ages of eight to 18 in a governed special educational needs school, where the children do have funding for their education.

Yasmin will teach the learners about British culture, English language and reading skills.

While studying at Buxton and Leek College, Yasmin volunteered for the charity, Derbyshire Autism Support. She said: "Working for Derbyshire Autism Support has taught me a lot about dealing with difficult behaviours and I have developed my patience and understanding of young people's characteristics. These skills will really help me in India.

"The charity has also given me the chance to undertake extra qualifications and training such as a certificate in multi-cultural awareness and Hindi, sign language and a course in administering medicine.

"All of this training is going to help me greatly when I'm working abroad, especially the Hindi which I want to develop more when I'm there."

Yasmin hopes to secure a place at university in 2015, when she returns, to study education, psychology and counselling. She then hopes to gain her Masters in Counselling; eventually securing a career in working with children who have special educational needs.

The CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare & Education provides in depth knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills to support professional practice in all fields of childcare and education.

People can find out more about the course by calling 0800 074 0099 or visit www.blc.ac.uk.

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