BTEC Student of the Year 2019

BTEC Student of the Year 2019, Josephine Kiaga, is both a creative and an inspirational voice for her peers and the wider community.

She took a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Creative Media Production (Film and Television), as well as a BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting) at Braeburn International School Arusha in Tanzania, to support her ambitions to become a director.

Josephine sets her sights high: “I want the female African perspective to be heard and film is a powerful tool to express my ideas. I want to be a director who makes a change and who creates with a purpose.”

Josephine is a powerful leader. She was an ambassador of human rights at the East African Model United Nations (EAMUN) conference and she co-organised a ‘Girls’ Empowerment’ day for local girls in the community where they ran workshops regarding entrepreneurship, female hygiene and more. She has also achieved distinctions in public speaking enabling her to teach London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) classes assisting fellow students.

As BTEC Student of the Year, Josephine is a future creative leader and a powerful advocate for women and her country. Her energy and passion for the creative arts will take her far.

“I want the female African perspective to be heard and film is a powerful tool to express my ideas. I want to be a director who makes a change.”

— Josephine Kiaga, BTEC Student of the Year 2019

About Pearson’s BTEC qualifications

Over 1m learners every year choose a BTEC course through c.6,000 approved BTEC centres in 60 countries around the globe. Learners choose BTECs because they are high-quality, hands-on qualifications grounded in the real world of work.

Students learn by doing, and develop valuable employability skills that they will use throughout their future career or for progression into university and to make a positive impact on the world. We know that this has a positive effect on students: research from the UK Department for Education shows that, for pupils in state-funded mainstream schools, taking a Technical Award, such as a BTEC Tech Award, is associated with pupils having lower absence rates, lower permanent exclusion rates and lower fixed exclusion rates, when compared with similar pupils who did not take a Technical Award.

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