Nelson man teaching English in Japan

Teacher Saqib Qayum, who is off to Japan to teach English.
Teacher Saqib Qayum, who is off to Japan to teach English.

A primary school teacher from Nelson has now taken up a new role - teaching English in Japan!

Saqib Qayum is now out there and will be there for 12 months, thanks to the Japanese government’s JET programme.

Born and brought up in Nelson, Saqib (24) of Leeds Road was recently a teacher at Oakworth Primary School in Keighley.

After being a pupil at Walton High School in Nelson and then Nelson and Colne College, he went on to study at Bradford and qualified as a teacher.

In the past, he has been a teaching assistant at Nelson’s Lomeshaye Junior School and has also taught at the town’s Bradley Primary.

He got interested in teaching English abroad when a friend of his qualified to teach in South Korea, but Saqib ended up getting a role with the Japanese government’s “Japanese Education and Teaching” exchange programme.

He flew out last Saturday and before going said: “I will be staying in Tokyo for the first three days once I get there on Sunday morning, and then go south to Kagoshima where I will teach.

“Out there it looks a bit like America from what I have seen. I am really looking forward to going there. My passion for teaching over-rides everything!”