Our partners We are stronger together
We are focused on strengthening the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
17.16 Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.
Gaza Sky Geeks is a program and an agency run by Mercy Corps. It enables its community members to earn income online whilst developing Palestine into an internationally competitive tech ecosystem that creates high-salary jobs.
One of their programs is the Code Academy which works on building up a globally competitive coding talent in Palestine. Our online English classes are part of the curriculum alongside their coding classes. English language skills are vital for these students as in order to pitch, negotiate, interview, and work with international colleagues and clients. Their tech skills alone are not sufficient if they are unable to communicate what they are capable of.
I have noticed an increase in confidence of the students. One case that comes to mind was seeing one student who previously was very shy to speak in English pitched a startup idea at a hackathon last week with a lot of confidence! I was so impressed!
Anam Raheem. Partner.
In the past we heard about only bad people from England, for example Arthur Balfour. But now, we are knowing good examples.
Refuaid is a British organisation supporting refugees to unlock access to language classes, education, finance and meaningful employment.
We work alongside RefuAid providing online language classes to learners who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them. Our focus is exam preparation; passing the IELTS exam will enable students to enter UK education and gain re-qualification and return to work. Access to education and employment that is commensurate with people’s skills and capabilities prevents them from ending up in low-paid exploitative jobs, and enables them to participate more fully in their communities and contribute more to society.
The feedback from students was that the teachers were great and that, as such, their overall confidence has improved.
Kate Higgins. Partner
Refugee Action is a British organisation which supports refugees and asylum seekers in building a life in the UK. RA also campaigns for a fairer asylum system and supports other organisations working in the same field.Lack of English lessons for refugees leads to isolation, loneliness and an inability to get jobs. Being able to speak English enables them to become an active part of our society and fulfil their potential.
This Autumn term, we will run a pilot programme of English classes with them to see how we can work together to increase access to opportunities for those new to the UK.
Peaceful Borders is a British organisation which originated in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp. They support refugees in building a life for themselves in the UK and provide assistance to volunteers who work to build communities which are healthy and strong in their diversity.
We work alongside Peaceful Borders providing online language classes to learners who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them. Many of our students have childcare responsibilities and/or live too remotely to access ESOL classes. All suffer the funding cuts from the UK government to ESOL provision. Our focus with them is general English.
If you have come to help me, go home. But if you have come because your freedom is bound up in mine, let’s walk together.
Hand-to-Hand. Supporting Newcomers is a Canadian Civil Society group that sponsors refugees privately and welcomes them into the Toronto community. This group of Canadians looks for online English language classes so the people who are waiting to be granted asylum can start working on their futures before arriving in the country.
We provide online language classes to learners who are still in Middle East countries, many living in refugee camps.
The classes push up their moral. I see it because instead of receiving depressing messages I start getting pictures of homework and talk about the teacher. When they come to Canada, the pay off continues, LBB classes reduce immensely the period they need to study English to start working.