Students celebrate their results in the Fixers film
The main character in the film regrets not working harder
Drawing on his own experiences, Ali Rashid is urging young people to have a positive attitude towards education, encouraging them to study before it’s too late.
The 17-year-old from Walthamstow says he faced an anxious wait for his GCSE results and wants others to realise that they can’t go back in time to revise for exams.
‘I was so nervous and unprepared for my exams,’ explains Ali.
‘All summer I waited anxiously for my grades. Others waited with excitement.
‘They had confidence and had prepared well.
‘I knew I could do better but didn't put the work in.’
After a positive start to secondary education, Ali admits losing enthusiasm for schoolwork by the time he reached years 10 and 11. He’s now campaigning to try to stop others from making the same mistake.
With Fixers, he’s helped create a short film echoing his experiences. It focusses on what he calls the ‘Moment of Truth’ – the opening of the results envelope.
In the film, the main character is seen waiting to receive his results, thinking about what he would like to achieve in the future and wishing he had tried harder in class.
Watch Ali’s Fixers film ‘Education: It’s Your Future’ at the top of this page.
‘I want to use my experience as a tool to guide and motivate others,’ Ali says.
‘I really like the film, especially the flashbacks.
‘The message is short and snappy.’
Ali hopes that young people will get a wake-up call when they hear his story and see his resource.
He plans to show the film at his old school and also wants to screen it at other schools in Waltham Forest, his local borough.
‘Make every minute of your education count,’ Ali adds.