From Farmer to Pharmacist

As part of the Aspire to Higher Education initiative, Stephen Seki came into school last week to talk to Year 11 students about his incredible journey from ‘farmer’ to ‘pharmacist’ to show how a 10 year old boy raised in poverty in a Ugandan farming village became the success that he is today through sheer hard work and determination. Growing up, Stephen was told that he would not amount to anything and would not reach his goals. He spent years fighting the limited beliefs that he had, of what it meant to be successful having grown up in poverty in a small village in Uganda. “I came to England aged 10. The challenges I faced included learning a new language and culture. I was not able to read, write or speak English. I was diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia. My lack of confidence and self-esteem were compounded further by my debilitating stammer. I did not do well in school, but I had a dream of becoming a pharmacist”. It took years of struggle but Stephen never gave up on his dream. He is now a qualified pharmacist and motivational speaker to show that anything is possible with hard work and dedication. Our students were not only moved by Stephen’s presentation but were also clearly inspired by his amazing story.