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Games Art & Animation student designs infographics for charity

17 year old Games Art & Animation student Myra Lochun who is designing animated infographics for a charity

A 17 year old Games Art & Animation student is designing animated infographics for a charity.

Myra Lochun’s aunt is trustee of a small, London-based charity called Every Parent & Child. One day, impressed by her teenage niece’s animation project work, she asked if Myra could do some voluntary work for the charity.

Myra jumped at the chance to help the charity and also get some work experience and so she went to see the charity’s CEO, Jaspal Dhani. She took a brief from him and found out some background about the charity before starting work.

The Barking & Dagenham College student is producing 3 animated infographics for them which the charity will be able to use on its website and social media. The charity offers services to children, young people and their families to support with advising on accessing educational provision for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, applying for school places, young people’s mental health and wellbeing and skills and confidence building.

Myra who lives in Romford, says: “I’m in the second year of my Games Art & Animation BTEC at Barking & Dagenham College and I love the course.

“Recently my parents moved to Crewe in Cheshire, but this course is so different to anything I could do up there, that I’ve stayed down here to finish it and am currently living with my auntie and uncle. 

I’ve really been enjoying doing the animation work for the charity in addition to my studies; it’s been great work experience for me.”

About Barking & Dagenham College:  Barking & Dagenham College offers higher level technical and professional training, from entry to level 7 that prepares people for work or for university. Operating from five specialist sites, with industry-standard facilities and real-work training environments, the College welcomes all age groups. The College has an established Higher Education programme (HNC/D, degree, postgraduate) in addition to a wider range of professional body qualifications.

Barking & Dagenham College is one of the leading providers of intermediate, advanced and higher apprenticeship training in London, training around 1000 apprentices and working with around 300 employer clients each year.  Specialisms include Construction, Project Management, Human Resources Management, Business and Pharmacy.

The College has the Matrix Award for Advice and Guidance, STEM Assured kite mark, Investors in People Gold Status and its HE offer achieved QAA standards in 2015.[6] The College has won a number of prestigious national awards including: Beacon status by the AoC in 2016, Coding College of the Year 2016, as well as the Tes Award for Best Teaching and Learning Initiative in 2018 for its “holistically and usefully” integrated STEM across wider curriculum areas. In April 2018 the College was named as Training Provider of the Year by Creative & Cultural Skills.

Its teaching staff has received a number of nominations and awards: VQ Teacher of the Year 2016, Pearson FE Lecturer of the Year Silver Teaching Award 2016, Regional Santander Employability Champion Winner for London and the South East 2017,[13] two teachers awarded in Maths Teacher of the Year Awards 2017, ENTHUSE award for excellence in STEM teaching 2017, a top 50 shortlist for Global Teacher of the Year 2017 and winner of the Festival of Learning National Tutor Award 2017.

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