Since its beginnings the IWGB has been offering English classes to its members. The interest in these courses has shown how vital it is for immigrants to get this kind of support, as it helps them increase their confidence and gives them the tools to navigate their daily lives in London.
In July 2016 the IWGB received private funding which allowed the union to start the Sadiq Scholarship Fund, and with that support we started the organisation of fully funded English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. Since then, the course has been run by professional teachers and with no more than four students per class. The course has proved to be a big success, taking students from E1 level to E2 in less than a year.
As we move forward, IWGB is committed to the continuation and ongoing development of these classes. However, this past June was the last month the union received the private funding that allowed for the classes to be organised. Now we need your help to be able to keep providing these classes. We hope to raise funding not only to continue the current course at E2, but to also add an additional E1 course running in tandem, so that we can cater for a larger proportion of our members.
As Maya Refaat, one of the teachers and administrators of the programme has stated, “ESOL classes provide much more than a chance to learn English: they are a lifeline; a gateway to integrate into a new community, make new friends and combat loneliness, improve confidence and set sights on ambitions never before conceived to be possible.”
Please go to https://www.fundsurfer.com/crowdfund/english-for-speakers-of-other-languages-esol-classes-at-iwgb and donate whatever you can, so that we can keep the lifeline going.