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Coincidence during Coronavirus reunites two old Polish Friends

adult learning Published Friday, 15th May 2020

Even a pandemic can’t stop the fate of true friendship finding its way into people’s lives.

Coronavirus might be preventing people from seeing one another, two of the county’s Polish adult learners have been reunited after almost 15 years apar.

Aneta and Marta are both enrolled in one of the Adult Learning Classes provided by Worcestershire County Council.

Logging onto a call last week, the two were surprised to see one another’s faces.

To ensure good quality services continue for adult learners in Worcestershire, Sarah Murray, Teaching and Learning Coach for Worcestershire Adult Learning has been holding classes online during the pandemic.

She had no idea that two of her students might know each other from their school days back in Poland.

The two women joined the call and suddenly realised they knew one another from years ago, when they lived in Poland.

Aneta said: “Last week, I attended an earlier online class to usual and recognised a familiar face from my childhood. Marta and I are both from the same town, called Sidra in Poland.

“We both sat quietly on the call knowing we recognised one another after all these years apart.”

Aneta moved to the UK in 2012 to start a family in Worcestershire. She decided to improve her English skills and enrolled in the course from Worcestershire County Council.

“I had no idea that Marta had moved to the UK too, let alone to the same county as me.

“Back in Poland, we attended the same middle school together in 2003-2005 and though we headed to separate high schools, we occasionally still saw each other.” Aneta said.

Marta said: “I was really surprised to see Aneta’s face on the call, I thought wow this is incredible the world really is a small place. It was good to see a friendly face and was really delighted she sent me a message afterwards.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other, 15 years, half our lives. It was so nice to have a chat about our new lives in the UK.”

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities said: “We know the wonderful work our adult education team does helps people, but this is a wonderful surprise and is especially exciting in the current climate. We are thrilled for them both.”

Find out more by visiting Worcestershire County Council’s Adult Learning pages on the website.