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Tesfai Berhane

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My name is Tesfai Berhane and I am 68 years old. I arrived in the UK as a political refugee on Guy Fawkes Night in 1980.

I attended the Royal National College for the blind and then joined the university of London, where I studied professional community and youth work studies. In addition, I did a postgraduate course in Management at the same university. I completed my master’s at the university of East London.

I was employed as a worker at the Refugee Council as a Welfare Rights Advisor which involved giving advice and guidance to different refuge and asylum seekers in London. I was then employed by Lambeth Council in their Education Department where I worked in the Children and Young People’s Service for 25 years. I then took early retirement.

As a volunteer, I was a trustee at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Lambeth and also at the English Education Supplementary and Mother Tongues Schools.

I am currently the Fundraising Officer for the London NFB Branch.

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