Spotlighting Ikran Aded from One91 School for Adults
For Ikran Aded, it was just a matter of finding the right time to further her education.
After moving back and forth between Somalia and Kenya throughout her life, Aded immigrated to the United States with her five children in 2015. She said adjusting to life in a new country, working to pay the bills, and caring for her children, including one who has special needs, was enough to keep her busy those first few years.
But two years ago, as her children started entering high school and college, Aded decided it was time for her to go back to school, as well. Aded hadn’t attended school since she was 12 years old when she spent one hour a day learning to write in Somali.
“The last two years I’ve enjoyed because it was hard to be new in America,” she said. “It is different to me to go to school, but the children grow up and I chose to do this after everything.”
Already speaking both Somali and Swahili, Aded has been improving her mastery of English through One91 School for Adults classes over the past two years. In addition, she took a computer class last year and now she hopes to complete the remaining classes required to earn her GED diploma. Aded loves to bake and hopes improving her English will help her achieve her ultimate goal of opening her own bakery.
“It’s better to know English without having to translate. That’s going to help me in the future,” she said. “I want to get my GED, make my business, succeed and reach my goals.”
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