In 1992 Michael Momoh was a child living in Peckham, South East London. His father wasn’t around and his mother had to return to their first home in Nigeria, leaving him to look after his sister.
Michael was attending Oliver Goldsmith Primary school when he began experiencing challenges with his learning. Passing by the school as a new resident to Peckham, Jane Hastings overheard a teacher telling Michael ‘there is nothing more I can do to help you’ and knew that could not be true. Instead, she decided to approach the school with an offer of help.
Recognising that every child deserved the opportunity to realise their full potential, Jane offered to volunteer to support Michael with his literacy on a regular, one-to-one basis. The school agreed and from that point Michael began receiving one-to-one support in school.
When it became clear that other children at the school were in need of one-to-one tutoring, Jane enlisted the support of friends, family members and supporters of the church to volunteer. From this, Springboard for Children was born.
The year that Jane spent with Michael changed his life. By working one-to-one Jane helped him to overcome his struggles with dyslexia and give him the positive encouragement to read and write.
The Children’s Literacy Charity is borne out of Springboard for Children and 25 years on we decided to make contact with Michael. We were delighted to find he’d become a successful businessman, actor and consultant with a University degree, currently studying towards an MBA.
Michael confirmed that the foundation of his success came from the life-changing literacy support he received from Jane, Toushy and the group of volunteers who worked for Springboard in the early nineties.
We are very proud that Michael is now a committed supporter of The Children’s Literacy Charity.