International Women’s Day: The Sun celebrates by hailing 18 year old UK Cypriot heroine who helped Britain beat Covid

This week was International Women’s Day – a chance to celebrate female achievements and to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality across the globe.

With their #riseupandshine campaign, The Sun is celebrating the women who have risen to the challenge in a very difficult past year.

And included was 18 year old UK Cypriot Jessie Pitsillides


‘We offer free virtual tutoring each week to disadvantaged kids’

JESSIE PITSILLIDES, 18: The A-level student is helping disadvantaged primary pupils through her free tutoring service, Mentor Jr.

Londoner Jessie says: “I’ve always been good at maths and volunteered at local primaries. When Covid came along, I realised I was in a great position to help with virtual learning.

Jessie Pitsillides is helping disadvantaged primary pupils

“We started off with about ten tutors helping 15 families, now we have almost 150 tutors offering more than 300 hours of free weekly tutoring sessions to kids all around the UK.

“Initially I funded it with my babysitting money, but we are now applying for grants, because with my A-level studies it’s hard to keep on top of it all the time.

“It’s been lovely hearing from parents how their kids’ confidence has improved.”

The Sun

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