English Hub for Refugees receives funding

Dr Gloria Chamorro, Lecturer in Applied Linguistics in the Department of English Language & Linguistics, has recently been awarded a grant by the Amity Fund (in association with Kent Community Foundation) for her English Hub for Refugees project.

The project started in September 2016 and it involves undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University teaching English to young refugees for two hours every week. The refugees, who are between 16 and 18 years old, come from a range of backgrounds, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea, Syria and Sudan, and they have recently arrived in the country unaccompanied by adults. Many of them have had limited or no access to education because of conflict or because of the community they come from.

Dr Chamorro said: “I am very grateful to the Amity Fund and Kent Community Foundation for the award of this grant which will allow us to continue the important provision of free English classes for young refugees taught by our University students and will also enable the with the continued creation of language learning materials.”