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Visually impaired student receives ‘Best Learner’ award at the House of Lords

A visually impaired student from Kingston has received an award at this year’s Best Learner Event held at the House of Lords (17 May).

The event, which celebrates learners from adult education and further education colleges across South London saw 13 people nominated. Guillermo Romero received the award from Lord Tope for the incredible progress he had made despite suffering a dual disability.

Suffering from visual impairment from birth, Guillermo had to move with his family from Spain to the UK when he was only three years old, as there were no early education opportunities for children with disabilities where he lived. At 16, Guillermo lost his ability to perceive distance and in 2013 he also suffered sudden hearing loss. Since assisted technology to read text was not yet available at the time, he left school without GCSEs.

Guillermo now studies English Language GCSE at Kingston Adult Education (KAE), always demonstrating enthusiasm and a desire to succeed. He says time spent on the course has given him a great educational experience and more confidence in his writing ability.

Councillor Malcolm Self, Portfolio Holder with responsibility for Adult Education, at Kingston Council, said:

“We are very proud of Guillermo’s achievements and he truly deserves this award. 

“Kingston Adult Education aims to provide high quality learning and training opportunities to meet the needs of individuals and employers in Kingston and the surrounding areas. Guillermo’s story is one of many examples of how this service can support people to be successful in their personal and academic lives despite facing difficulties.”

The Best Learner Event is an annual event and has been running for more than 20 years. For more information about Kingston Adult education courses available visit www.kingston.gov.uk/adulteducation.