Q&A: My borough

PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 March 2018


Fahad Lashari, 25, is a maths and English tutor at Frobel Learning, a Barking tuition centre. He speaks about his passion for education and why we should invest in community centres and youth services

What’s your connection with the borough?

I work as an English and maths tutor at Frobel Learning.

We work with children and teenagers from five to 18-years-old giving them support for different exams like GSCEs and SATs.

We help lots of kids from the local area, who want an extra confidence boost for 11+ grammar school entry exams.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

It’s really accessible, in terms of public transport, food outlets, and stores.

It’s a very well stocked area and it’s safe.

What one thing would you change?

There’s a big issue with parking.

It’s not a great place for drivers because parking is very expensive and spaces are often not available.

Use three words to describe the area.

Convenient, comfortable and familiar

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

My sister, Mahwish Lashari, 28.

As well as being a single mother-of-two, she started her henna artist business, Lal Hatheli Ltd from scratch, when she started painting patterns on people’s hands for £5 on Green Street.

Now she’s built up a big social media platform and even won Henna Artist of the Year at the British Asian Wedding Awards 2018.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

I would introduce an initiative for more community centres, offering activities for kids and youths to get them of the street and give them something positive to get involved with.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

Education in Barking and Dagenham doesn’t compare well with the national standard.

Mental health amongst young children and youth is a big issue, and I would like there to be a bigger push towards public awareness on this issue in the local papers.

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