According to figures published by The Un Refugee Agency (UNHCR), there are currently 118,995 refugees residing in the UK after fleeing their home countries which are riddled with scenes of war, persecution or natural disaster. One of the most significant barriers refugees face after fleeing their home countries is the adoption and understanding of the English language. Bakhsh foundation was established to help combat this very issue and aims to enable foreign speakers with the tools they need to live to a fulfilled, comfortable and independent lifestyle.
The Bakhsh Foundations primarily focus involves empowerment through education, helping individuals whose first language is not English to become comfortable with their learning and language skills. From this initial learning experience, the foundation can also help in aiding individuals in their further development, whether that be getting a fairly paid, reputable job or further assisting them in their community or educational goals.
UNHCR describes current refugee education as “limited and uneven” and also states that it is typically of a very low standard, something Bakhsh Foundation is intent on changing. The Government have recently released material highlighting the increasing need for programs which support English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), explaining that even a basic knowledge of the English language can have a number of benefits for refugees including better, more reputable job opportunities and increased integration in local communities.
Bakhsh Foundation will be hosting numerous events throughout the year for those who would like to improve their English language skills, or for those who would just like to pop in and say hello. We provide a safe and independent space for all those who would like to get involved. Please keep in touch via our website and social media platforms and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.
Sources: The UN Refugee Agency http://www.unhcr.org/uk/asylum-in-the-uk.html
Let Refugees Learn Report: http://www.refugee-action.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/letrefugeeslearnfullreport.pdf