Achievement of a Parent Who Gives Back


MBE awarded to volunteer maths teacher:

A man who runs free maths classes for primary age children has been recognised in the New Year Honours list with an MBE. Mr Gbolahan Bright has been running the Bright Academy maths clubs for primary age children in London and Essex for the past 20 years. Of the 500 or so children who have taken the classes, about 50 gained their GCSE while still at primary school. Mr Bright’s honour is for services to education in East London.

In his own words, he said

I have gained a lot from this society. I have been blessed and it would have been ungrateful of me if I did not give back, I feel so humble to be recognised at this level.

It was his wife, Afolasade’s involvement in local politics, first with Hackney council and later with Barking and Dagenham that saw him started on the idea.

On behalf of Parents of Black UK Pupils, we say ‘Congratulations to Mr Gbolahan Bright MBE’


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