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Educating Yorkshire star inspires students

Musharaf “Mushy” Asghar is a TV sensation who captured the hearts of the nation after appearing on Channel 4’s ‘Educating Yorkshire’.  He appeared on the TV show six years ago when he was a student at Thornhill Community Academy in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire and reduced viewers to tears when he succeeded in overcoming his stammer with the help of his teachers, giving a speech to his fellow students.

Now 22 years old, Musharaf speaks to groups of young people across the UK as a motivational speaker sharing his story and message of how resilience, hard work and self-belief can overcome the seemingly impossible.

Mushy spoke to more than 100 students at City Academy Norwich about his incredible journey.  He told the students: “When I was a kid a doctor told my parents that I would never be able to talk. I hated myself. I was full of self-hate.”

“But after Educating Yorkshire, I was proud of who I was. My advice to all of you is to be proud of who you are, believe in yourself.”

“I’m not saying it is going to be easy, but six years ago I never thought I would be able to do something like this”.

Musharaf described his on-going struggle with his speech impediment and encouraged students to make the most their time at school.

He also praised the work of the teachers in the school, saying “you probably won’t really get this until a few years after you leave, but the teachers in this school care so much and are working so hard so you can achieve  – there is so much passion here.”

He continued: “Every single day you are working towards your goals. Enjoy these moments.”

Headteacher Paul Collin said:

“At City Academy Norwich, we are absolutely committed to giving every child the same chance in life, to become the best versions of themselves through exceptional education and opportunities.  We believe in instilling all our young people with the highest expectations of themselves and building character through relentless aspiration and determination.  Musharaf’s message, about hope above fear, making the most of every opportunity in school and focusing on being the best ‘you’, resonated across all our staff and students today.”

Year 11 student Linda Afriyie said:

“It was inspirational to see how Musharaf reached his goal; to see how appreciative he was of his teachers and the difference they made to him – we can really relate to that here as our teachers really enjoy helping others and always have our best interests in mind.”

Year 11 Martyna Risevaite said:

“It was totally inspirational to hear from someone who has faced obstacles but has seen them as challenges to be overcome.  Musharaf really made me think about being that best version of myself, and that I shouldn’t see any path I take as the only route to success – that there are many routes and the key is believing in myself.”

Musharaf said

“I loved spending every moment at CAN today. From seeing how teachers would go the extra mile in setting activities for the students or setting extra revision classes for students. I have no doubt the students who leave CAN in the summer will feel saddened from leaving such an amazing school”