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The power of education with Rahiela Koser

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A warm Mancunian welcome to all my listeners. Presenting Season 7, Episode 11 of the #MeettheMancunian #podcast #GM #manchester #Education #Youth #SocialImpact #NonProfit. Hosted by Deepa Thomas-Sutcliffe. (


In the eleventh episode, host Deepa Thomas-Sutcliffe engages with Rahiela Koser, Community Organiser for Oldham Parent Power, detailing her journey from a participating parent to her current role, and the positive impact the initiative has had in Oldham. The discussion covers Oldham Parent Power's efforts to address educational challenges and the social and economic barriers that hinder young people's success, particularly in higher education. Significant achievements such as winning campaigns for laptops during COVID-19 to address the digital divide, and advocating for improved mental health support in educational institutions are highlighted. Rahiela also shares insights on personal growth, the power of community and listening, and the broader impact of their work on parental empowerment and higher education access.


Did you know?

·     Oldham where the charity works is the most deprived borough in Greater Manchester

·     Disadvantaged young people are around 50% more likely to be out of education, employment and training (NEET) as their better-off peers.

·     1 in 7 young people in the Northwes are not in education or employment


Key resources

Parent Power


Key Moments in the podcast and transcript

(01:56) The Genesis of Rahiela's Involvement with Oldham Parent Power

(02:54) Understanding Oldham Parent Power's Mission

(04:20)Rahiela's Role and Activities as a Community Organizer

(06:00) Overcoming Challenges in Community Organizing

(07:50) Impactful Achievements of Oldham Parent Power

(12:46) Expanding the Reach: How to Get Involved

(13:34) Advice for Starting a Similar Movement

(17:10) Rahiela's Personal Journey and Inspirations


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