Hi, I'm Shakira, your National President 2017-18! Lewisham and Southwark College gave me the opportunity to break the cycle of deprivation and become the person I am today and that’s why I’m so proud to be the second President in 95 years to have not attended a higher education institution: more than half of NUS’ 7 million students are FE students.
I’m not going to be your typical President, so don’t expect me to be – but I will give my all to secure the future of my kids and of our membership. I will keep fighting to make sure that generations of students have life-changing opportunities from their education, and to make education a real option for everyone.
In the next year, we can all be part of this. We need to build up SUs and develop ourselves as individuals and elected representatives. We need to learn to work together. For me, NUS is about giving back to others. It’s about taking away barriers to education and giving students a voice.
Education has given me a voice, and I promise you, I will learn from you and give you yours.
Former President of Southwark Lewisham College SU and NUS VPFE